Living with the Past at Home is a research project that seeks to understand people’s attitudes to and understandings of the history of their homes. It will involve interviews with a range of British householders to discover how their knowledge of the past of their homes informs the choices they make in living in them. These choices might relate, for example, to the material furnishing and designing of different home spaces as well as more generally to perceptions of and feelings about the past. Our focus includes what has been ‘inherited’ from previous inhabitants – materially, aesthetically, and in terms of stories that might have been passed on or uncovered.
Over the course of this project we have been hearing the perspectives of with people who have different levels of engagement with the history of their homes, including those who have already done research on who previously lived in their home or are interested in doing so, as well as those who are conscious of the past at home in a more everyday sense.
The project has included workshops organised in conjunction with the Geffrye Museum of the Home, east London, and an exhibition of some of our research entitled ‘Who Once Lived in my House?’ organised in collaboration with the Geffrye Museum took place from 24 September 2013 to 9 February at the Geffrye Museum of the Home.
The project is being carried out by members of the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. For more information about the project, the project team, project activities and details of how to contact us, click the links above.