The Geffrye Museum in East London
The Geffrye Museum is a museum about homes and the way people lived in London throughout the last 400 years. It showcases different living rooms from different times, using real furniture, upholstery and knickknacks. There are eleven rooms on show at the Geffrye Museum. You start your visit looking into a hall from 1630 after which you walk through time along a narrow corridor where the living rooms, parlours and drawing rooms are alternated with rooms that hold artifacts and very clearly displayed tidbits on how people used to live in that particular time. The tour ends with a loft conversion from the 1990s.
It's really fascinating to see how taste and style evolved throughout the centuries. How the decor went from minimalist to opulent and back to minimalist. How fashion was always something to follow; Japanning was hot in the seventeenth century, neatness in style in the eighteenth century and needlework and crochet cushions were must-haves in the late nineteenth century.
It's interesting to see how mod-cons like lighting and heating changed over the years. You learn how sanitation worked back in the day; the loo was in the back yard and a guy came to pick up the poo. You see how rubbish was disposed off; You just chucked it out the window, really. And how water was supplied to the house; It was home delivered by a water man.
You can find more information by clicking here: http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/