Portrait of Bell and Dorothy Freeman by Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914). Purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.
This seminar for scholars and museum professionals seeks to explore some key themes around the nature of domestic interiors as found in British portraits from the early modern period to the present day. How can we start to interpret the pictorial world in which portrait sitters are placed? Are such spaces representations of contemporary interiors, or are they fictional spheres which – like pose, costume, and props – serve to convey coded messages about the sitters? By exploring portraits in various media throughout this period, speakers will consider these questions, helping interiors and portrait researchers to understand these mediated artistic constructs and interpret the contemporary symbolism within.
This event is a collaboration between the Histories of Home and the Understanding British Portraits Subject Specialist Networks. It is aimed at researchers, academics, and museum professionals engaged with portraiture, or historical and modern interiors. Papers will include scholarly case studies as well as contributions from museum professionals using portraits as a research tool, and engaging audiences in design history through the use of historic portraits.
The event will take place at the Geffrye Museum of the Home.
PDF: Decoding the Domestic Interior in British Portraits 28 June ’17 – programme
PDF download: Decoding the domestic interior in British portraits 28 June ’17 – booking form
Thursday 27th June 2013, The Geffrye Museum, London
This one-day conference aims to address the distinctive issues involved in teaching and learning about home and domestic life bringing together educators working in schools, universities and the museum and heritage sectors. The conference is convened by the Centre for Studies of Home a partnership between The Geffrye Museum of the Home and Queen Mary, University of London.
See the Conference Outline and Programme for more information.
Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
£20 (£10 concessions).
Includes light lunch and refreshments.
To book, please complete a Booking Form and email to Jacqueline Winston-Silk JWinston-Silk@geffrye-museum.org.uk.
Thursday 27 June 2013, The Geffrye Museum of the Home
The home and domestic life are rich subjects for life-long learning. Home is part of the history curriculum in schools and has become the focus for a growing range of undergraduate courses in subjects such as anthropology, archaeology, architecture, geography, history and literary studies. The home and domestic life are centrally important in the learning and engagement programmes of a wide range of museums, including those specialising in the domestic interior, historic house museums, living history museums and houses associated with notable individuals.
The conference, to be held at the Geffrye Museum of the Home, brings together educators working on home and domestic life in schools, universities and the museum and heritage sectors. Papers are invited that address the opportunities and challenges of teaching and learning about home to different age groups and diverse communities. By bringing together educators from a wide range of contexts and places, the conference aims to address the distinctive issues involved in teaching and learning about home and domestic life in the past and present.
For more information please see the call for papers.
Please submit a 200 word abstract to Jacqueline Winston-Silk by Monday 22 April.
Bookings are now open for the Histories of Home SSN fifth annual conference, Home Intimacies, to be held on Friday 22 March 2013 at the Geffrye Museum of the Home.
This conference seeks to examine the many intimacies of home – familial, social, sexual – and the role of emotions, material objects, home spaces and household structures in fostering, limiting and mediating intimacy. Papers will explore intimacy in both the past and present, across a range of places and from a range of disciplines. Themes will include notions of privacy for people living in institutions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, issues relating to intimacy in lesbian, gay and bisexual homes and changing attitudes to the privacy of beds. Some papers will examine how intimacy is presented in historic house museum settings.
Keynote Speaker: Dr Jane Hamlett, Royal Holloway, University of London “Public, Private or Intimate? Rethinking the Victorian and Edwardian Middle-Class Home
A full programme can be found here: Home Intimacies Programme
Tickets for the conference are £40 (£25 for students).
To reserve a place please download the booking form and return it to Hannah Brown.
Conference session at the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, Annual conference, London, 28-30 August 2013
Domestic life contains within it traces of past homes and prospects of future homes. It is lived with senses of continuity and change between different times and spaces of home. This session brings together research exploring domestic life with a special attentiveness to temporality in the meaning and experience of home. This includes the home’s own lived, material and imagined past, present and possible future; the nature and experience of home over the life course; the home as a site of looking back and looking ahead; and the ways in which both past and future homes shape ongoing relationships with domestic space and practices of home-making. The session explores how themes of continuity, change, loss, nostalgia, memory and plans, prospects and expectations of the future cross cut the lived, material and emotional geographies of home.
Convenors: Prof. Alison Blunt, Dr Caron Lipman, Prof. Catherine Nash, Dr Alastair Owens, School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London
Please send 200 word abstracts to Catherine Nash, School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS, email@example.com by 1 February 2013.
Please note: the session is subject to being accepted by the RGS-IBG conference organisers. We will be able to confirm this by late February.
The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network (SSN) is inviting papers for the fifth annual conference, to be held at the Geffrye Museum in London on Friday 22 March 2013. Home Intimacies call for papers.
Keynote speaker: Dr Jane Hamlett, Royal Holloway, University of London
“Public, Private or Intimate? Rethinking the Victorian and Edwardian Middle-Class Home”
This conference seeks to examine the many intimacies of home – familial, social, sexual – and the role of emotions, material objects, home spaces and household structures in fostering, limiting and mediating intimacy. We aim to bring together papers exploring intimacy in both the past and present, across a range of places and from a range of disciplines.
Papers might include, but are not limited to:
- (changing) notions of intimacy over time and space
- the (changing) role of domestic spaces, practices and material objects in mediating intimacy
- intimacy and emotions in the home
- intimacy across a range of household relationships – parent/child; master-mistress/domestic servants; siblings; couples and polyamorous relationships; friendship and companionship; human/pet
- intimacy over the life-cycle
- home and intimacy beyond the household (eg. over diaspora)
- contested intimacies at home
- representations of intimacy at home in text and image (including domestic/family photography and film)
Please submit proposals, including title, abstract (200-300 words) and a brief biographical statement (100 words) by 10 January 2013 to:
Alexandra Goddard, Assistant Keeper – Interpretation and Exhibitions
Participants will be notified of acceptance by 31 January 2013.
Seminar at the Geffrye Museum of the Home
Wednesday 3 October 2012
12 midday to 4 o’clock
This afternoon seminar will explore how museums, historic houses and libraries can best interpret and represent the liveliness of historic reading habits. Book historians have used sources – letters, diaries, inventories, booksellers’ records and annotations and inscriptions in books themselves – to explore the different practices of reading at home amongst different readers.
Reading at home has emerged as not only a solitary, silent, studious activity, but a social, noisy one, with families and reading groups buying and borrowing books to read together.
How do we go about interpreting different readers and reading practices to best engage our audiences? Discussing this question on the day will be Abigail Williams, University Lecturer and Lord White Fellow and Tutor in English, St Peter’s College, Oxford, Mark Purcell, National Trust Libraries Curator and Hannah Fleming, Curatorial Assistant, The Geffrye Museum.
To secure your place complete the booking form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading seminar info
SSN Reading Seminar booking form
Reading seminar programme