6th Annual Conference in collaboration with University of Nottingham’s Sensory Studies Network ‘Home Atmospheres: Sensing & Feeling at Home’

The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network (SSN) in collaboration with the University of Nottingham is hosting its sixth annual conference Home Atmospheres: Sensing & Feeling at Home, to be held at the Geffrye Museum in London on Friday 28 March 2014.

This conference seeks to examine the sensory atmospheres of home, both past and present, and their evocation in museums, galleries and historic houses. From the smell of familiar cooking to the warm glow of an electric light, sensory atmospheres contribute to a feeling of being at home. In contrast, unwelcome intrusions on the senses, such as an unexpected noise, or a neighbour’s unwanted gaze can disrupt domestic equilibrium transforming feelings of comfort and safety into their opposites. The senses are central to the lived experience of home, though can be challenging to evoke in the museum or historic house environment.

Cost: £25 (£15 concessions)

The full conference programme can be found here.

To book a place, please download a booking form Booking Form and return to Jacqueline Winston-Silk jwinston-silk@geffrye-museum.org.uk.

Convened by: James Mansell,  Department of Culture, Film & Media, University of Nottingham and Alex Goddard, Geffrye Museum

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Study Day: Visit to the John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre

Friday 6th December, half-day approx 10.15am-1.30pm.

Bookings are now open for the free Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network Study Day to the recently opened John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The half-day visit will include a talk on the history of the John Lewis Partnership by archivist Gavin Henderson. We will split into smaller groups for a guided visit to the Heritage Centre Strong Room, plus an opportunity to see the Heritage Centre Exhibition and Textile Design Gallery.

Download a programme here.

The first John Lewis shop opened in 1864 and the first Waitrose shop in 1904, although the business and textile archive contains material dating back to the 18th century. Further details on the history of the John Lewis Partnership can be found here: http://www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk/about/our-history.html. Further details regarding the Centre and its collection can be found here: http://www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk/about/our-history/archives-collection.html

There is no cost involved in the Study Day, although individuals are to make their own travel arrangements to/from the Heritage Centre (Odney Lane, Cookham, Berkshire, SL6 9SR). The nearest train station is Cookham.

We will meet at the Heritage Centre for a 10.15am start. Refreshments will be served on arrival.

To reserve a place on a first come first served basis, please download a booking form here. Please complete and return your booking form to Jacqueline Winston-Silk: jwinston-silk@geffrye-museum.org.uk.

 

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Call for Papers

Home Atmospheres: Sensing and Feeling at Home

The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network in collaboration with the University of Nottingham is inviting papers for the sixth annual conference, to be held at the Geffrye Museum on Friday 28 March 2014.

Convened by: James Mansell,  Department of Culture, Film & Media, University of Nottingham and Alex Goddard, Geffrye Museum

This conference seeks to examine the sensory atmospheres of home, both past and present, and their evocation in museums, galleries and historic houses. From the smell of familiar cooking to the warm glow of an electric light, sensory atmospheres contribute to a feeling of being at home. In contrast, unwelcome intrusions on the senses, such as an unexpected noise, or a neighbour’s unwanted gaze can disrupt domestic equilibrium transforming feelings of comfort and safety into their opposites. The senses are central to the lived experience of home, though can be challenging to evoke in the museum or historic house environment. We invite 20 minute papers from academics and arts/heritage professionals addressing the sensory study of home, both in terms of research and modes of display.

Further details available on the Call for Papers.

To submit a proposal, please complete and return a Proposal Form to jwinston-silk@geffrye-museum.org.uk by Monday 16th December.

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Call for Papers: Postgraduate Study Day 2013

The Centre for Studies of Home’s annual postgraduate study day is taking place on 23 October 2013 at the Geffrye Museum of the Home in London.  This event is open to all postgraduate students working on home and domesticity, in both historic and contemporary contexts.

The study day will comprise 15-minute papers engaging with the subject of home.  The day will also include an open discussion session on the topic of methodologies and how research changes and develops over the course of a project.  A set of questions relating to the open discussion session will be circulated prior to the event.

The study day will provide an exciting opportunity to hear about current research and meet other postgraduate students and staff from the centre.  There will also be an opportunity to visit the Geffrye Museum galleries during the day.

Current and recent postgraduate students are invited to submit a brief summary of their proposed paper.  Postgraduate students who do not wish to present a paper are very welcome to attend this event and participate in the discussion.  It is free to attend the event but booking is essential.

Abstract Submissions & Booking Details

Please complete a booking/call for papers form, including a 100-word biographical statement, and email a brief 200 word summary of your proposed paper to Jacqueline Winston-Silk (jwinston-silk@geffrye-museum.org.uk) by Friday 06 September 2013.

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Call for Articles – Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture Journal

Special Issue (Vol. 5 Issue 2 – 2014)
Seductive Discourses: Design Advice for the Home

The guest editors Patricia Lara-Betancourt (Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston University) and Emma Hardy (Geffrye Museum of the Home) invite contributions to Interiors journal’s 2014 special issue Seductive Discourses: Design Advice for the Home.  This issue will examine the role of design advice for the home, recognising its significance in shaping contemporary and historical perceptions and representations of the domestic sphere.

Download further details on submissions here.
Further information on Interiors journal and Bloomsbury Publishing can be found here.

Submissions reflecting the latest research on the interior from historians, practitioners and theorists are particularly welcomed. Principal articles of 5,000 words, including notes and references, with 4-6 illustrations are invited, and should be sent as an attachment to interiors@bloomsbury.com by 31st August 2013.

If you have any queries about the journal or about submitting an article, please contact the editors Anne Massey and  John Turpin on this email address: interiors@bloomsbury.com

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AHRC CDA studentship on ‘The diplomatic family at home and abroad’.

School of History, Queen Mary, University of London with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

We are delighted to announce that applications are invited for the first of two PhD studentships on ‘Representing and belonging: social and cultural change in the British diplomatic service since 1945.’

The first studentship is on ‘The diplomatic family at home and abroad’ and will start in October 2013. It will be supervised by Dr Helen McCarthy (School of History, QMUL), Professor Amanda Vickery (School of History, QMUL) and Professor Patrick Salmon (Foreign and Commonwealth Office).

Further details are available here.

The deadline for applications is 8 July.

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CSH One Day Conference: Teaching and Learning about Home and Domestic Life

Thursday 27th June 2013, The Geffrye Museum, London

This one-day conference aims to address the distinctive issues involved in teaching and learning about home and domestic life bringing together educators working in schools, universities and the museum and heritage sectors. The conference is convened by the Centre for Studies of Home  a partnership between The Geffrye Museum of the Home and Queen Mary, University of London.

See the Conference Outline and Programme for more information.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
£20 (£10 concessions).

Includes light lunch and refreshments.

To book, please complete a Booking Form and email to Jacqueline Winston-Silk JWinston-Silk@geffrye-museum.org.uk.

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