Funding: MA scholarships at QMUL

A funding opportunity for MA research on home at Queen Mary, University of London is available for 2016/17:

Walter Oldershaw Awards (eight awards of £3000 each; deadline 5pm on Wednesday 10 August) across the range of MA/MSc programmes in Geography at QMUL, including the following collaborative research opportunities on MA Geography (full-time or part-time):

·    with the Geffrye Museum of the Home via Centre for Studies of Home on past and present homes, including research on home, migration and the city.

·       with Eastside Community Heritage on community heritage, identity, migration and urban change.

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Event: ‘Invisible Hands’? Domestic workers from the seventeenth century to the present day

‘Invisible Hands’? Domestic workers from the seventeenth century to the present day

One-day conference at the Geffrye Museum of the Home 

Thursday 21 July 2016  

The home has always been a place of domestic work, both paid and unpaid. But domestic workers have often remained hidden from view. The ‘privacy’ of the ‘modern’ home, and its association with leisure and the nuclear family, have long been recognised to conceal the work done within the household, and to render servants and domestic workers ‘invisible’. This one-day conference focuses on the domestic lives and labours of servants and domestic workers. At the very core of home and family life, the organisation and performance of domestic tasks reflects fundamental assumptions about our society and of societies in the past. As the number of domestic workers employed in the UK increases, and the vulnerabilities of these workers are made apparent, it is more important than ever that we recognise the presence of these individuals within the home and the labour involved in domestic work. By presenting current research from across a broad historical period, this conference aims to facilitate interdisciplinary discussions and establish continuities and differences between domestic work in Britain over the past 400 years.

The conference will be held at the Geffrye Museum in London on Thursday 21 July 2016. The Geffrye’s current exhibition Swept Under the Carpet? Domestic Service in London Homes, 1600 – 2000 provides the backdrop for the conference, and offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of domestic servants and workers between 1600 and 2000. The conference is free to attend.

To download a booking form and programme please follow this link:

Please email if you have any questions or queries.

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Event: Furniture Moves Memory

Furniture Moves Memory: The Journeys of Anna Freud’s Alpine Furniture 

Wednesday 29 June at 7pm, at the Freud Museum London

Memories of Anna Freud are explored through her legacy at 20 Maresfield Gardens, now the Freud Museum London. Birgit Johler, curator of an innovative new exhibition Freud’s Dining Room: Furniture Moves Memory, shown this year at the Volkskunde Museum, Vienna, will be joined in discussion by Anne-Marie Sandler, distinguished analyst and colleague of Anna Freud, artist Bettina von Zwehl, and Freud Museum Director Carol Seigel.

Nine decorated chests and cupboards of Alpine origin stand in today’s Freud Museum. Anna Freud bought this rustic furniture in 1930 and used it to furnish the country house in the Vienna Woods which she shared with Dorothy Burlingham. When the Freuds fled Vienna in 1938 Dorothy Burlingham sent the furniture to the US.  After the war this furniture returned to Europe, to the new summer house that Anna and Dorothy had bought in Walberswick on the east coast of England, and from there back to London, to Maresfield Gardens.

This year, this much travelled furniture has formed the starting point for an exhibition at the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art in Vienna, where it was recreated through digital photography within the museum’s permanent display of similar pieces. These images transferred Anna Freud’s furniture back to Vienna, playing with ideas of remembering, place and time. The displays connected the Vienna of then and now with the London of yesterday and today, bringing the present together with the past.

This talk adds another layer to this complex story, bringing the exhibit from Vienna – the recreation of Anna Freud’s furniture – back to London, and reunites the recreated versions with the originals.

The exhibition curator Birgit Johler explores the story of the furniture in Freud’s Dining Room and how she created this extraordinary and innovative exhibition.

She will be joined in the discussion by: Anne-Marie Sandler, psychoanalyst, Director of the Anna Freud Centre from 1993 -1996, friend and colleague of Anna Freud; Bettina von Zwehl, Artist in residence, Anna Freud project 2013-14, and exhibiting at the Freud Museum June-July 2016; and Carol Seigel, Director, Freud Museum London

Doors open at 6.30pm, talk starts at 7pm, followed by light refreshments

Also: Exhibition Tour by Birgit Johler Weds 29 June 2pm, free with museum admission

 In conjunction with the Austrian Cultural Forum

 Venue: Freud Museum London, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX

 Booking details

Ticket Price £10/£7 concessions/Friends of the Freud Museum

Advance Booking highly recommended

For further information contact or +44 (0)20 7435 2002

Ticket cancellation policy: Please note we are unable to refund tickets, or transfer the booking less than 48 hours before the event.

Book online here:

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Link: Photography of London Interiors

Photos of the Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Kitchens of England’s Young Single Ladies


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Event: CHRISTMAS PAST — 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes

 Tuesday 24 November 2015 – Sunday 3 January 2016

Free entry

Each year, the Geffrye Museum’s period living rooms are transformed with authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery, to illustrate how Christmas has been celebrated over the past 400 years. The exhibition brings to life/highlights many of the rich and vibrant traditions of Christmas past, from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, hanging up stockings, sending cards, decorating the tree and throwing cocktail parties. Christmas Past has been mounted at the Geffrye for over 20 years and on-going, original research into the history of Christmas adds a new dimension to the displays each year. A perennial favourite with visitors, many comment that the show has become an essential part of their own Christmas traditions and celebrations. The accompanying events programme will have a 17th century theme and will include: a special open evening with festive music and activities; an ‘a capella’ concert by candlelight; and festive decoration workshops for adults and children. Seasonal food will be served in the café and unusual gifts, cards and Christmas decorations will be in the shop.

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Events: Institute of Historical Research seminar series on ‘Studies of Home’

Seminar Series at the Institute of Historical Research

Institute of Historical Research seminar series on ‘Studies of Home’: monthly seminars on Wednesdays at 5.30. See and the programme below for further details. Latest podcasts of the IHR seminar series

Venue: Senate House, South Block: Peter Marshall

Room 204
Time: Wednesdays 5.30 pm 


Autumn term 2015

Wednesday 7 October 2015
Peter Marshall Room 204
Good for you? The Pleasures and Perils of Reading Domestic Advice.
Grace Lees Maffei (University of Hertfordshire).
Wednesday 4 November 2015
Peter Marshall Room 204
“I slept in the living room on a sofa”: The Sleeping Spaces of the 19th-Century Working-Class Home.
Vicky Holmes (University of Essex).
Wednesday 2 December 2015
Peter Marshall Room 204
The Resident Artist: Making Performance in your Council Estate Home.
Katie Beswick (Exeter University).
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CFP: Material Culture papers for the PCA/ACA conference


The Material Culture Area of the PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2016 National Conference in Seattle, Washington, Wednesday, March 21st – Saturday, March 26th 2016.

The study of material culture offers an exciting area for interdisciplinary research and conversation, as it brings together those engaged in scholarly inquiry in areas as diverse as history, art history, design, decorative arts, cultural studies, consumer studies, literature, communications, anthropology, and sociology. Of particular interest are papers that address human-made material objects as primary source material for anthropological, geographical, sociological, historical, or area studies; papers that refer to contexts of various sorts in order to determine the origins, functions, or uses of human- made material objects; or methodological papers that theorize and critique “material culture” as a discipline for humanistic inquiry.

Past presentations in this area have focused on decorative arts and the construction of literary characters, the material culture of poverty, commemorative items, historic and modern furnishings and fashion, branding and marketing trends, and a wide range of associated topics. If you think your work might fit in the material culture area, we encourage you to submit a proposal. Professional academics, graduate students, practitioners, museum professionals, and independent scholars are all encouraged to apply.

Proposals for fifteen-minute papers should take the form of an abstract of up to 250 words and must be submitted electronically by 1 October 2015. To submit your proposal and/or to find additional information about the PCA/ACA and its annual conference click here. Please be sure to select “Material Culture” as the Area to which you submit your abstract. Although the site is pretty user friendly, find general instructions here.

Questions or concerns may be sent via email to Area Chair for Material Culture, PCA/ACA.

Heidi C. Nickisher, Ph.D. | School of Art — Art History
College of Imaging Arts & Sciences | RIT
73 Lomb Memorial Drive | Rochester, NY 14623-5603
office: 585.475.4996 | fax: 585.475-6447


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