But first, the outside:
The Museum is housed in the former almshouses of the Ironmongers' Company, founded by a bequest from Sir Robert Geffrye in 1714.
And here he is:
The first room is decorated in the style of a hall from 1630:
The room is decorated with native evergreens, a Yule log is in the fireplace, and the various food items on the table are actually made of sugar-paste or marzipan.
Moving on, the decoration in the parlour from 1695 seems simpler:
Although someone seems to have inherited Chaloner's bass viol, judging by the second picture.
50 years later, and the guests are about to be served jellies:
By 1790, the parlour presents a more elegant dining experience again, in my opinion:
Into the 19th century, the table in the 1830 drawing room has a Twelfth Night cake as its centrepiece:
By 1870 we see evidence of the children of the household in the drawing room:
Note the Union Flags on top of the Christmas tree (positioned on the table so it looks bigger)
Presents would have been set out below the tree or in its branches, unwrapped, and labelled with the name of their recipients.
By 1890, the aesthetic movement was the height of fashion, along with Chinese and Japanese influences:
That's more than enough pictures for one post, so the twentieth century will have to wait until tomorrow.
More photos on the museum's website here.