Dennis Severs House

Dennis Severs’ House, 18 Folgate Street is a Georgian terraced house in Spitalfields, London, England. From 1979 to 1999 it was lived in by Dennis Severs, who gradually recreated the rooms as a time capsule in the style of former centuries. It is now open to the public.

The motto of the house is Aut Visum Aut Non!: ‘You either see it or you don’t’.

Severs started on a programme to refurbish the ten rooms of the house, each in a different historic style, mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries. The rooms are arranged as if they are in use and the occupants have only just left.

There are therefore displays of items such as half-eaten bread, and different smells and background sounds for each room. Severs called this “still life drama”

Here is a short video tour of the house and an interview with Dennis Severs.

I highly reccomend a visit to this amazing house but you need to book ahead.

Dennis Severs’ House
18 Folgate Street
Spitalfields, London E1 6BX.


About Phill

Creative Director at International Visual

Posted on May 4, 2011, in Places and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Amazing house – must see it!!


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