At home in the institution: Accommodating inmates in schools, asylums and lodging houses in London and South East England 1845-1914
Wednesday 16 November 2011, 1-2pm
Room Q136, Queen′s Building, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London
At home in the institution explores the impact of design, decoration and furnishing of 19thC residential institutional spaces on the experiences of their inmantes. Foucault′s seminal analysis of the prison and asylum has inspired scholars to explore the role of architectural planning in discipline. This project, however, takes a new approach by assessing the role of institutional interiors in shaping the experiences of their inhabitants, and therefore considers spatial arrangements, furnishings and material and visual culture, in addition to the architectural features of the institution. The project focuses on three case studies: lunatic asylums (as they were known to contemporaries), schools for middle-class children, and common and charitable lodging houses.
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