Swept under the carpet? Servants in London households, 1600-2000 at the Geffrye Museum


Group portrait of a family in a domestic interior, oil on panel, by an unknown artists, c1815-1820. Photo: Geffrye Museum Pinterest


Explore the changing role of domestic servants across four centuries with Swept Under the Carpet? Servants in London Households, 1600-2000 at the Geffrye Museum.

From doing the laundry and working in the kitchen, to caring for children and checking their masters’ hair for nits, discover hidden tales about domestic service, as you peruse new scenarios and subtle changes in the museum's period rooms.

See the middle-class parlour, drawing room and living room, and find out why these spaces could also be places of hard manual labour and domestic skill.


Venue Details & Map

The Geffrye, Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road
E2 8EA
+44 (0)20 7739 9893
Public transport:
Hoxton Station (London Overground) - directly behind museum. Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate exit, then bus 149 or 242. Old Street, exit 2, then bus 243 or 15 minute walk.

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