This weekend I headed to Geffrye Museum to see what they were doing for Open House London. In part, this was a choice based on the (terrible) weather (Geffrye Museum is walking distance to my house). But, mostly, because I’m inpatient for Geffrye Museum being closed for two years for their refurbishment.
On arrival, curators were asking visitor feedback and advice for how to make the reopening as engaging and successful as possible, from a visitor perspective. They were asking how best to create an audioguide to the new galleries, whether multi-media guides are popular and whether visitors would be happy to pay to use them. Curators were also discussing the idea of opening a “feedback” room, and how to best do this. A great idea they were putting forward was to write visitor feedback on a paper plate to be placed on a plate display shelf – keeping very much in tone with the themes of the galleries.
Of course, much of the main gallery spaces were closed for the refurbishment, but they had the Alms Houses open for Open House London. While only a few rooms, I spent quite a while exploring the galleries. Mostly, this was down to the amazing volunteers. The volunteers were knowledgable, friendly and open to all the questions I threw at them! They were an asset to the museum and a major, if not the main, reason I enjoyed my visit so much.
I can’t wait to see what Geffrye Museum has in store for its reopening, although I’ve got a while to wait until 2020!