The project includes a range of activities and outputs that 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, and have already included public workshops about how to research the history of home at The Geffrye Museum of the Home, London; public talks on the project’s research findings; an academic conference session (see below); and an exhibition at The Geffrye Museum (see below). There will be a project conference in January 2014 (for details see the conference page).
24 September 2013 to 9 February 2014 at The Geffrye Museum of the Home
This exhibition in the museum’s lower concourse display cases, features some of the research we have undertaken through a focus on six homes of our research participants. It includes the results of their own research on their home’s former residents and their reflections about what they have been able to find out.
The Geffrye Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 8EA
Project conference session
The project team convened a conference session called Home time: temporalities of domestic life at the Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), 28-30 August 2013. The contributors responded to this theme (as we described it in our call for papers):
‘Domestic life contains within it traces of past homes and prospects of future homes. It is lived with senses of continuity and change between different times and spaces of home. This session brings together research exploring domestic life with a special attentiveness to temporality in the meaning and experience of home. This includes the home’s own lived, material and imagined past, present and possible future; the nature and experience of home over the life course; the home as a site of looking back and looking ahead; and the ways in which both past and future homes shape ongoing relationships with domestic space and practices of home-making. The session explores how themes of continuity, change, loss, nostalgia, memory and plans, prospects and expectations of the future cross cut the lived, material and emotional geographies of home.’
A list of the paper titles, presenters and abstracts is included here: Home time session details
Other Past Events
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 workshops 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 conference January 2014. See our conference page.
Please let us know if you are interested in hearing more about future events.