Study Day: The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Fashion & Textiles

Thursday 19th March, 2-5pm We will meet at the address below at 1.45pm Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX You are warmly invited to the Histories of Home Study Day 2015. We will be taking a small group to visit the Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study & Conservation of Textiles and Fashion (www.vam.ac.uk/page/c/clothworkers-centre/) for a curator-led session looking at domestic furnishing textiles from the V&A’s extensive collection.  It is an opportunity to meet Jenny Lister, Curator of Nineteenth-century Textiles and Dress and Sue Prichard, Curator Contemporary Textiles. It is free to attend, but booking is essential. To book a place: please return a completed Booking Form to Danielle Patten on DPatten@geffrye-museum.org.uk.

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Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network, 7th annual conference, Homes Under Pressure

The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network (SSN) is hosting its seventh annual conference, to be held at the Geffrye Museum in London on Tuesday 31 March 2015.

The full programme is available here.

This conference will explore how museums and researchers can document homes under pressure across the world in both contemporary and historical contexts. Homes can come under pressure from a variety of forces or influences, such as social change, economic hardship, politics and the law, or personal difficulty. This pressure is felt in homes in a wide variety of ways, and can create or entrench inequalities based on gender, class, race, sexuality, and ability. At the same time, pressure on homes creates or calls for responses, alternatives, and new forms of homes: these can range from the very personal and individual, to more collective responses rooted in or inspired by activism. Alongside this, researching and displaying these homes under pressure can provide a number of methodological and ethical challenges. This conference aims to bring together a breadth of papers that explore homes under pressure in order to ask how this pressure comes about and impacts on the home, to create unique comparisons across time and contexts, and to encourage a debate about how they might be documented by researchers and addressed and displayed in museums, galleries, and historic houses.

Confirmed speakers: Rachael Crofts on the Geffrye’s work with young people at the New Horizon Youth Centre, an organisation for young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and Rebecca Preston and Lesley Hoskins on curating Homes Of The Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London at the Geffrye (opening March 2015).

The conference is convened by Greg Salter, Geffrye Museum.

£25

£15 concessions (students, senior citizens and those with a disability)

Includes a buffet lunch, refreshments and free entrance into Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London, details of the exhibition available here: http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/whatson/future/

How to Book Please download a Booking Form

Please complete a booking form with your payment details and return to Danielle Patten on DPatten@geffrye-museum.org.uk

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Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network: Call For Papers for 7th Annual Conference: Homes Under Pressure

Homes Under Pressure

31st March 2015, The Geffrye Museum of the Home

This conference will explore how museums and researchers can document homes under pressure across the world in both contemporary and historical contexts. Homes can come under pressure from a variety of forces or influences, such as social change, economic hardship, politics and the law, or personal difficulty. This pressure is felt in homes in a wide variety of ways, and can create or entrench inequalities based on gender, class, race, sexuality, and ability. At the same time, pressure on homes creates or calls for responses, alternatives, and new forms of homes: these can range from the very personal and individual, to more collective responses rooted in or inspired by activism. Alongside this, researching and displaying these homes under pressure can provide a number of methodological and ethical challenges. This conference aims to bring together a breadth of papers that explore homes under pressure in order to ask how this pressure comes about and impacts on the home, to create unique comparisons across time and contexts, and to encourage a debate about how they might be documented by researchers and addressed and displayed in museums, galleries, and historic houses.

Papers might include but are not limited to:

  • Methodologies for studying homes under pressure
  • Displacement and loss of home
  • Homes and power
  • Homes of the vulnerable and institutional homes
  • Temporary, transient or portable homes
  • Activism and homes
  • ‘Alternative’ homes
  • Displaying and communicating homes under pressure in museums and galleries

Confirmed speakers: Rachael Crofts on the Geffrye’s work with young people at the New Horizon Youth Centre, an organisation for young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and Rebecca Preston and Lesley Hoskins on curating Homes Of The Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London at the Geffrye (opening March 2015). The conference is convened by Greg Salter, Geffrye Museum.

Download a copy of the Call for Papers here..

Please submit a proposal using the form available hereto Jacqueline Winston-Silk JWinston-Silk@geffrye-museum.org.uk by 9 January 2015. Participants will be notified of acceptance by 23 January 2014.

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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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