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Dennis Severs’ House, 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, is a Grade II listed Georgian terrace house. From 1979 to 1999 it was lived in by Dennis Severs, who gradually recreated the 10 rooms as a time capsulte in the style of former centuries. It is now open to the public. The rooms are arranged as if they are in use and the occupants from the 18th Century as if they have only just left. There are displays of items such as half-eaten bread, and different smells and background sounds for each room. Severs called this “still life drama”. Woven through the house is the story of the fictive Jervis family – silk weavers who lived at the house from 1725 to 1919. Each room evokes incidental moments in the lives of these imaginary inhabitants. Severs bequeathed the house to the Spitalfields Trust shortly before his death. It is now open to the public, who are asked during their visit to respect the intent of the creator and participate in an imaginary journey to another time. The motto of the house is Aut Visum Aut Non!: ‘You either see it or you don’t’.
Go to the website for hours, tour options and other details: www.dennissevershourse.co.uk
Closest tube: Shoreditch High Street