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
November 16th 2015
We will be taking a small group to visit the Whitworth Art Gallery (http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/) for a tour of the gallery and a curator-led session in the new Study Center looking at domestic furnishing textiles and wallpapers from the Whitworth’s extensive collection with Amy George, Curator (Wallpaper and Textiles).
A recent £15 million development has transformed the Whitworth, doubling it in size and creating new spaces to display and explore the collections and has this year been awarded the Art Fund’s prestigious prize of Museum of the Year 2015.
The Whitworth houses one of the most important wallpaper collections in the country along with an internationally important collection of over 20,00 textiles from across the world, dating from the third century AD to the present.
The study day is free to attend, but booking is essential as places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.
To book a place: please return a completed booking form to Danielle Patten firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will meet at the address below at 1.30pm
The University of Manchester
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.
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.
The Histories of Home Specialist Subject Network and the Modern Interiors Research Centre (Kingston University) are pleased to announce a one-day seminar on ‘Domestic Advice Literature and Histories of Home’.
The seminar will take place on Thursday 31 January 2013 at the Geffrye, Museum of the Home, London.
The event will bring together scholars from different disciplines to consider the role of advice literature in the study of the home, its design and interiors, recognising the significance of the source in shaping our perceptions and representations of the domestic sphere. Examples of home decoration and household management advice published from the second of half of the 19th century onwards will be discussed. Themes will include the problematic nature of the relationship between ‘ideal’ and ‘real’ interiors and the multiple agendas and influences which can inform the production of different types of domestic advice.
Speakers will include Professor Penny Sparke (Kingston University), Dr Grace Lees-Maffei (University of Hertfordshire), Dr Lesley Hoskins, Dr Rachel Ritchie (Brunel University), Dr Emma Ferry (Nottingham Trent University), Dr Nicholas Tromans (Kingston University) and Dr Patricia Lara-Betancourt (Kingston University).
The full programme for the day can be found here: Domestic Advice Literature Programme
Tickets for the seminar will be priced at £20 (£10 for students).
To reserve a place, please download the seminar booking form and email it to Hannah Brown.