Local people will be able to have their say on the future of the Geffrye Statue that sits on the front facade of Hoxton’s Museum of the Home in the first step of Hackney Council’s review of landmarks and the naming of public spaces.
The statue – of Sir Robert Geffrye, a merchant involved with the slave trade – has been the subject of fierce debate in the last few days, and the Museum is actively considering its future. The Museum, run by an independent charity, renamed as the Museum of the Home in 2019.
Following detailed discussion this week the Museum will now launch an engagement exercise with local people, supported by the Council, about what should happen to the statue, alongside the launch of the borough’s wider review of public spaces named after slave and plantation owners earlier this week.
This detailed and empowered review, which will also explore building, street and park names across the borough, will be established in the coming weeks, and will involve residents, community partners and cultural historians.
The Museum of the Home, in Kingsland Road, is housed in almshouses that were built in 1714 with money from Sir Robert, who made his fortune with the East India Company and the Royal African Company.
Further details about how local people and others concerned about this issue can have their say will be announced in the coming days.
A decision on the future of the statue will be taken by the Museum of the Home next month.