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Seminar: Domestic Advice Literature and Histories of Home

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.


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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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Call for Papers: Furniture History Society Research Seminar

Friday 23 November 2012

The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN

The concept of this event is to present current studies on topics of furniture history, furniture construction/design/conservation and the history of interiors by MA and PhD students, and museum/heritage curators and professionals at an early stage of their career.  It is envisaged that the seminar will provide useful insights into current trends of research. The seminar will be open for attendance by ticket to Furniture History Society (FHS) members and others involved in education and study of furniture and interiors. Each paper should last 15 minutes with a powerpoint presentation in fluent English.

Interested speakers should submit an abstract of 250 words outlining their area of study, research methodologies and sources along with a current CV and details of one referee to Clarissa Ward, FHS Grants Secretary, email  grantsfhs@gmail.com, by 16th April  2012. Some grants for travel expenses from distant locations may be available – if required please give details when submitting abstract.

This event is being organised by the Tom Ingram Fund (FHS Grants) Committee, who will format the programme and confirm details to speakers by 12th May 2012.

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A Family in Wartime exhibition

A Family in Wartime is the next major exhibition opening at Imperial War Museums London in April 2012. The exhibition will focus on the Second World War home front in the UK, and specifically one family – the Allpress family – who lived at 36 Priory Grove in South London.

A Family in Wartime will be brought to life through interactive exhibits, photographs, recorded interviews with the family, archive film footage, paintings, personal documents and an intricate model of the Allpress family home.

Read more about the exhibition in this blog post by Alex Willett, Exhibitions Manager at IWM.

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Conference: Multidisciplinary conservation in historic house museums

Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles

November 6‐9, 2012

ICOM‐DEMHIST, the international committee for historic house museums, and three ICOM‐CC working groups Sculpture, Polychromy, and Architectural Decoration, Textiles, and Wood, Furniture, and Lacquer are collaborating in the organization of a conference to be held in November 2012. In this new collaboration we aim to promote the concept of multidisciplinary conservation within the specific context of historic house museums.

The theme of the symposium will focus on managing the inevitable deterioration of structure and materials in historic house museums, while balancing the need for public access with current standards of practice in conservation. Historic houses remain in constant use throughout their lifespan and their interiors consist of diverse materials often altering dramatically due to change imposed by society, their environment and function. The proper care for historic interiors and their edifices draws from many conservation specializations as well as from many other fields. Therefore it is essential to approach each project in a holistic manner using a multidisciplinary collaborative approach involving all stakeholders. It is intended that posters and papers selected for the upcoming symposium will focus on the following key issues:

  • The Historic House Museum as an artifact: This theme relates to all issues encountered when the house itself is a significant historic artifact and how to balance public access with current standards of practice in conservation.
  • The artifact within its context: This topic concerns the historic house museum as a vessel in which a collection is presented. Focus will be given on balancing the individual conservation needs of solitary objects within the context of an integrated collection and its setting.
  • Conservation and the “narrative” of the Historic House: This theme will delve into how conservation and its discoveries can play a role in engaging and educating the public, both in the narrative presented on public tours and by demonstration of conservation techniques

Authors are invited to submit abstracts related to these topics by the 1st March 2012 to the following email address:

Read the full Call for Papers here: Demhist-ICOM CC Call for Papers

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Call for Papers: Workshop: Dress, Textiles and Heritage

The University of Wolverhampton invites proposals for papers that explore the collection, display, conservation and all other uses of dress and textiles in heritage settings, including museums and historic houses, in Britain and beyond. Both theoretical and practice-based papers are welcome. Proposals by museum professionals, conservators, historians and all other interested scholars are equally welcome. Themes of interest include – but are not limited to:

  • The uses of textiles in recreating and restoring historic interiors
  • The collection and display of dress, from haute couture to everyday dress
  • The historic development of dress and textiles collections
  • The use of dress in re-enactment
  • The role and development of ethnographic and specialist collections
  • The conservation of historic dress and textiles
  • Exhibitions and displays beyond heritage settings
  • The ‘consumption’ of dress and textiles in heritage settings

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300/400 words to Laura Ugolini at l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk by 15 February 2012.

A small fund is available to help cover speakers’ travel and fees.  Find out more here, or contact Laura Ugolini for further information at l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk .

 13 June 2012

University of Wolverhampton, City campus, Millennium City Building

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Inside 17thC Dutch homes

Explore the intimate beauty of Vermeer’s exquisite scenes of Dutch 17th-century women in their homes in this stunning exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum. At its heart is Vermeer’s extraordinary painting The Lacemaker (c.1669-70), on loan from the Musée du Louvre to the UK for the first time.

The painting is complemented by three key works by Vermeer representing the pinnacle of his mature career, A lady at the virginals with a gentleman ‘The Music Lesson’ (c.1662-5) on loan from The Royal Collection; A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal (c.1670) from the National Gallery, London; and Young Woman Seated at a Virginal (private collection, New York).

Joining these are 28 masterpieces of genre painting from the Dutch ‘Golden Age’ evoking the private realms inhabited almost exclusively by women who we glimpse engaged in domestic tasks, at their toilette or immersed in pleasurable pastimes such as music making, reading or writing letters.

If you are unable to make it to Cambridge, you can see some of the highlights of the exhibition in this introduction by Curator Betsy Wieseman.

5 October 2011 – 15 January 2012

Fitzwilliam Museu, Cambridge, Mellon Gallery (13)

Free Admission

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