With the vast changes in infrastructure and the rise of technology, it’s unsurprising that homes these days look very different to what they did hundreds of years ago.
“A Google-certified photographer came in and mapped the interior of the museum in 360-degree photography. We then uploaded the images to Google Street View and overlaid a navigational interface which made the collection easier to explore,” Matt Lindley, a spokesperson for the project told Lonely Planet.
While the museum is free to visit, its organisers hope that the virtual tour will enable a wider online audience to experience London’s design history. Each room takes a look at how the interiors have dramatically changed from before the Great Fire of London in 1666 up to today.
The tour walks patrons around rooms that reflect the ways in which middle-class families, who had become more affluent following the Industrial Revolution lived at home, highlighting their domestic life.
It is set in an almshouse that offered accommodation to poor people. Founded in 1714 by Sir Robert Geffrye, the building housed up to 50 pensioners for almost 200 years. Sir Robert was twice master of the Worshipful Ironmongers’ Company and former Lord Mayor of London. Under his bequest, 14 almshouses, mainly for widows of ironmongers, were constructed in 1715 in Shoreditch.
London County Council bought the site in order to preserve the garden, and in 1914 the building was converted into a museum.