Curious about how this all comes together?


The collaboration between the Geffrye and the UCL Institute of Archaeology has given us students a great opportunity to get hands on experience on how an exhibition comes together. Hint: a lot of hard work! 🙂

How does it happen?

Our group is comprised of several mini-teams. They are: The operations team, communications team, learning resources team, and the content team. We meet regularly within our sub-teams, all together, and with Geffrye staff.

We’ve had classes on how to best communicate with our audience with museum professionals at the Institute of Archaeology and elsewhere, such as at the Geffrye and at the British Museum. Tons of meetings!



Below we have some pictures from our last panel meeting at the Geffrye. Last Friday we got together for the third time with museum staff to present our progress and goals. This last meeting was really exciting, because we’re so close to the opening of the gardens (April 1st)!

Presenting our work at the Geffrye

Presenting our work at the Geffrye

After the meeting

Theano and Ian

Theano and Ian

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Welcome to Dig This! Gardening for Happiness and Well-Being! We are master’s degree students from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London working in collaboration with the Geffrye Museum of the Home on an exciting project about gardening and happiness in the urban home.

The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton, showcases urban living rooms from the English middle-class throughout the last 400 years. It is also home to spacious and peaceful period and herb gardens.  The project looks at well-being in the urban middle-class home gardens in London, exploring this place as an oasis where happiness, health, nature, and family come together throughout history.

                  20th century period garden - photography M Williams

This blog is a space for us to share with you our ideas, inspirations, tips and other fun things – all related to how gardening can improve our lives.  We will also update about the progress of our project – you’ll be able to see how it all comes together!

Name: Liz

From: Los Angeles

Studying: Art Conservation

Favourite thing about gardens: The peaceful atmosphere! Nothing better than a good book and a sunny garden for me.

Name: Ping Ping

From: Taipei, Taiwan

Studying: Cultural Heritage Studies

Favourite thing about gardens: Herbs! I love cooking with fresh herbs, which add so much flavour into food and make it irresistible!


    Ping Ping and Liz

Now, why don’t you tell us your favourite thing about gardens? Please share with us in the comment section below!

You can also tell us what you would like to hear more about by emailing us at:  We would love to hear from you!