Molly Harrison

I left out of my abbreviated account of the Geffrye Museum (there is surprisingly little information online) that Molly Harrison took over from Marjorie Quennell as its curator in 1946 and ran it with great passion and enthusiasm till 1969, turning it into a resource for children and education, battling the officials in County Hall in high heels and a pink hat. She wrote a book about her work called Museum Adventure, the Story of the Geffrye Museum (1950). At a time when there is much discussion about how much attention to pay to visitor numbers, it is worth remembering her view that ‘reputation is a fickle guide and notoriety a poor indication’.


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