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
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 email@example.com
Reading seminar info
SSN Reading Seminar booking form
Reading seminar programme
The CSH’s annual postgraduate study day is taking place on 23 October 2012 at the Geffrye Museum of the Home in London. This event is open to all postgraduate students working on home and domesticity.
Current and recent postgraduate students are invited to submit a brief summary of their proposed paper. The deadline for submissions is 07 September 2012.
Click below for the call for papers and booking form. For further information about the CSH please refer to the CSH website or email Zoe Hudson.
CSH PG study day CFP
CSH pg BOOKING FORM
I previously posted that The Centre for Studies of Home has been awarded four AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards on ‘Home-Work: connections and transitions in London from the 17th Century to the present’. (See original post here)
Two of the four PhD studentship opportunities are being re-advertised in order to broaden and strengthen the field of potential applicants. The CSH welcomes applications for the following two projects:
Home, work and migration in the East End of London since 1945
Men juggling work, home and family in contemporary London
Further details can be found in the links above. The deadline for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 1st August 2012.
Please pass this information on to any colleagues or students who may be interested in this opportunity.
SSN members may be interested in checking out the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA) website which was recently launched.
Click here: http://www.moda.mdx.ac.uk/home
There are plenty of lovely images to browse – the textile below particularly caught my eye. It’s a 1925 Silver Studio design for printed silk.
The Centre for Studies of Home has been awarded four AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards on ‘Home-work: connections and transitions in London from the 17th Century to the present’. The CSH (a collaboration between the Geffrye Museum and Queen Mary University of London) are currently inviting applications for the four PhD studentships, which are due to start in October 2012.
Further details can also be found on the CSH website and the Queen Mary website. The closing date for applications is Friday 29 June 2012 at 4pm.
If you have any queries about the studentships, please contact Professor Alison Blunt.
Information about the CSH’s activities and forthcoming events can be found on their website.
Please feel free to pass this notice on to any colleagues or students who may be interested in this opportunity.
Dear SSN Members,
I am delighted to be making my first Histories of Home SSN blog post!
And I’m pleased to be able to flag up a couple of forthcoming events being held here at the Geffrye Museum, to tie in with our current At Home With the World exhibition.
On 12 May there will be a workshop on ‘The History of Your Home’ and on 16 May there will be a special evening event on ‘Global Homes’.
On 19 May there will be a study day including talks and case studies from historians, specialists and curators, exploring the themes of the exhibition. For more information about these events and how to book, please click here: Adult spring events May 2012
Hope to see you at some of these events!