This conference is being held as part of a year long celebratory exhibition of beds at bedrooms at Temple Newsam House, following the restoration of the Queen Anne State Bed from Hinton House. The conference brings together both museum professionals and scholars to share insights on historic beds and bedrooms in order to further understanding and inform the interpretation of beds and bedroom interiors.
Leeds Museums and Galleries and the Museum Studies Department of the University of Leeds are issuing a call for papers exploring these areas within a broad date range of 1650 -1850. Topics to consider are:
- Conservation or restoration projects related to beds and bedroom interiors
- Material culture of the bedroom; waking up, going to sleep, making and cleaning beds and other rituals and practices associated with the bedroom
- Interpretation of beds and bedrooms to different audiences within museums and other heritage settings
- Upholstery and textiles of the bedroom
- Types of beds, nomenclature, materials and construction
- The bedroom and its place in relation to other domestic spaces.
Deadline for titles and abstracts (no more than 300 words): 30th January 2012. Please email abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Temple Newsam House, Leeds
21-22 June 2012