Monthly Archives: October 2013

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: Further details regarding the Centre and its collection can be found here:

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:



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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 by Monday 16th December.

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