Upcoming Event: The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network Conference

Home Atmospheres: Sensing and Feeling at Home

The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network (SSN) in collaboration with the University of Nottingham is hosting its sixth annual conference, to be held at the Geffrye Museum in London on Friday 28 March 2014.

This conference seeks to examine the sensory atmospheres of home, both past and present, and their evocation in museums, galleries and historic houses. From the smell of familiar cooking to the warm glow of an electric light, sensory atmospheres contribute to a feeling of being at home. In contrast, unwelcome intrusions on the senses, such as an unexpected noise, or a neighbour’s unwanted gaze can disrupt domestic equilibrium transforming feelings of comfort and safety into their opposites. The senses are central to the lived experience of home, though can be challenging to evoke in the museum or historic house environment.

The full conference programme and booking form can be found here.

To book a place, please complete the booking form and return to Jacqueline Winston-Silk jwinston-silk@geffrye-museum.org.uk.

Convened by: James Mansell, Department of Culture, Film & Media, University of Nottingham and Alex Goddard, Geffrye Museum

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