SSN event: Crime Scenes and Case Files – Sources for studying Domestic Interiors

Crime Scenes & Case Files – Sources for studying Domestic Interiors

Monday 2nd April, 10am-2pm

Geffrye Museum, London

Bookings are now open for the next SSN event,  which will take place on Monday 2nd April at the Geffrye Museum in London.

The seminar will look at crime scenes and material contained within criminal case files as sources for studying domestic interiors from the 18th – 20thC. These represent an underused and potentially rich source for researching domestic interiors of all social classes. Information in murder files where the crime was committed at home will often contain

  • plans and maps – sometimes with pieces and relative locations of furniture also sketched in
  • the full address of the crime scene
  • contextual information including rent; occupation of landlord and defendant; names, ages and relationships of others living within the property
  • crime scene photographs
  • witness statements – often describing objects and furnishings in relation to location and use within the property
  • psychological assessment and life history (including health & employment history) to determine whether defendant is of sound mind and fit to stand trial

Forensic photography itself is of 3 types: overviews of the entire property, mid-range shots of the room(s) where the crime took place and close-ups, and for researchers the first two categories will be of particular interest.

This seminar will introduce delegates to the wide range of material and sources available and will look at an examples where crime scene photos have been used to study changes in wallpaper design and taste.

Tickets: £10
To book please return the Crime Scenes Booking Form  by email, fax or post by Tuesday 27 March to SSN Co-ordinator Krisztina Lackoi at klackoi@geffrye-museum.org.uk, Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA

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