The Geffrye Museum is a little piece of delight off the Kingsland Road in Hackney. A row of alms houses, it has a history in its own right but it’s also the museum of the English front room and, at the rear, of changing fashions in garden design. Its contemporary restaurant is an interesting pivot between the historic and modern collections. A peaceful, friendly gem of a place and, astonishingly, still free.
Lydia Thornley, Founder, Lydia Thornley Design
The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2, is a collection of preparations by the father of modern surgery, John Hunter. It includes such amazing sights as a baby’s blood vessels, a uterus in cross-section and the death mask of Isaac Newton. Perhaps the most haunting is the floating face of a young boy, excised over 250 years ago. It is beautifully staged and well curated. You leave feeling kind.
Ian Allison, Creative director, Bell Design
The Victoria and Albert Museum is my favourite for the diversity of its offering, great exhibits and exhibitions, excellent educational programme and the late opening on Friday evenings, when you can go for a drink and wander the corridors. Fridays are special, as they bring another dimension to the museum experience – a glass of wine with friends while exploring the ever-changing collection.
Jacky O’Leary, Managing director, NI Creative
It’s at times like this when I kick myself for not visiting enough of the eclectic mix of museums we have all around us in London. Pollocks Toy Museum in Scala Street, London W1, stands out for being able to step back in time to an era when creativity played a bigger role than electronics and ’interactive’ meant pushing wonderfully painted cardboard cut-outs around a cardboard Victorian stage. Twitter ye not!
Simon Hutton, Managing director, To The Point
Funny you should ask. Even though we’ve worked with loads of galleries and museums in our ten years and I’m a passionate advocate and (generally) a lover of all and any museum, I’ve never felt more of a connection with one than with the People’s History Museum, in Manchester, which we rebranded last year. That’s why I decided to put myself forward to become a trustee of the museum, which I will be officially from April. Vote People’s History Museum for the Art Fund Prize!
Martin Carr, Managing director, True North