The project will involve a range of activities and outputs that will feature the work of the project and encourage the exchange of ideas, experiences and expertise about uncovering and living with the past at home.
They will include publications in the academic and popular press, public workshops examining how to research the history of home at the Geffrye Museum, London; public talks on the project’s research findings; an exhibition at the Geffrye Museum in 2014, and an end-of-project conference.
Two half-day and full-day workshops that provided guidance on undertaking research on the history of one’s home were held in March and May 2012. They were organised in collaboration with the Geffrye Museum of the Home, Kingsland Road, London and featured two of the leading house historians in the United Kingdom: Dr Nick Barratt and Melanie Backe-Hansen.
The workshop’s were organised to provide guidance on how house history research can be carried out for those who are interested in knowing more about the histories of their home, and may or may not have done any research already, and inspiring accounts of what others have found out in researching the history of their own or other people’s homes.
But they were also organised to provide an opportunity to reflect on what it means to find out about the past of and in your own home, on how it might enrich our sense of history, bring to life the past because of its very personal connection to where we live, and even challenge or complicate what we thought of local or wider histories and processes of historical change.
Project exhibition Autumn 2013, Project conference Spring 2014
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