Workshop – May 2017

One day workshop – Thursday 4th May 2017 – The Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA

In recent years there has been a proliferation of publications – across a range of disciplines – which have the working-class home at their centre. These works have questioned our approach to the working-class home through both a re-reading of traditional sources and a utilisation of previously overlooked archival evidence that grant unprecedented access to these homes. New interpretations have begun to overturn our previous understandings of the working-class home and its inhabitants. Moreover, those exploring the working-class home are now moving beyond the experiences of city slum dwellings to examine a much broader geographical, socio-economic, and ethnically diverse working class and the wider range of dwellings they inhabited.

This interdisciplinary one day workshop will bring together academics (postgraduates, early career researchers, and established scholars) from across numerous disciplines – History, English Literature, Art History, Archaeology, Geography, and other disciplines – as well as archive and museum professionals to discuss approaches to exploring the working-class home.

Workshop Programme

10.00-10.20 Registration/Tea & Coffee

10.20 Introduction

10.30-11.30 Panel One

Joseph Harley (School of Advanced Studies, University of London):

‘Domestic life and material culture in the homes of the English poor, 1770-1834’.

Ralph Mills (MIRIAD):

‘Images of taste. The nineteenth-century working-class mantelpiece—plaster parrots,

Napoleons and Venuses de Milo’.

Oli Betts (National Railway Museum, York):

‘The working-class kitchen table’.

11.30 Tea & Coffee

11.45-12.45 Panel Two

Clare Weston (Black Country Living Museum):

‘From Glass Case to Kitchen Table–Uncovering the family stories within the recreated working class houses at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley’.

Ellen Rowley (Tenements Museum Dublin Project):

‘No More Shared Hallways—Dublin’s social housing as tenement ghosts’.

Zoë Hendon (Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, Middlesex University):

‘“Inexpensive but not cheap”: methodological challenges of wallpaper in working class interiors’.

12.50-1.35 Lunch (lecture room)

1.35-2.15 Keynote Nicola Wilson (University of Reading):

‘The house had a tale to tell—Writing Class, Writing Home’

2.15-3.30 Panel Three

Tessa Chynoweth (Birmingham Museums):

‘The servant’s chamber; a home away from home?’

Gillian Williamson (Birkbeck)

“The dignity of each story [sic] being in the inverse ratio of its altitude”1: social mixing in eighteenth-century London lodgings

Lesley Hoskins and Rebecca Preston (Royal Holloway, University of London):

‘Subletting and lodgers: ideals and realities in the small terraced through-house in England, 1865–1914’.

Jill Stewart (Middlesex University):

‘“Slums” and the Sanitary Inspectors—the interwar period 1918-1939’.

3.30-3.45 Tea & Coffee

3.45-4.45 Panel Four

Laika Nevalainen (European University Institute):

‘Can domesticity be found on board a ship or in the forest? How to research the everyday practices and homes of Finnish sailors and logging workers’.

Emily J. Hogg (University of Southern Denmark):

‘Tracey Emin’s Dreamhouse’.

Rosie Stevenson:

‘From Staffordshire to Salt Lake—Recreating an English Home in the Desert’.

5.00 Close