IHR Winter Conference 2018

Home: new histories of living

8-9 February 2018

The IHR’s 2018 Winter Conference, ‘Home: new histories of living’, brings together leading researchers to explore the history of domestic life. Plenary and panel sessions examine historical reconstructions of interiors, the history of individual rooms, gender and home, and visions of idealized life. Special attention will be given to new methods for researching histories of ‘Home’. The conference takes place over two days (8-9 February) and is separated into four interrelated themes:

  • Reconstructions: Imaging the domestic experience – convened by Catherine Richardson (Kent)
  • Rooms: Furnishing the idiosyncrasies of private life – convened by Sonia Solicari (Geffrye Museum)
  • Home-work: Re-framing gendered spaces – convened by Lynne Walker (IHR)
  • Dream Homes: Envisioning alternative futures – convened by Elizabeth Darling (Oxford Brookes)

Plenary lecturers include: Owen Hatherley (architectural historian and journalist), Vanessa Harding (Birkbeck) and Jane Hamlett (Royal Holloway)

Read the programme of speakers.

Registration is now open!

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 What design spaces or shelves reveal something about your personal history?

In association with The Geffrye, Museum of the Home and inspired by the theme of the conference, we’re inviting attendees and speakers to contribute to the #myhistoryshelfie project.

Share your shelfie to enter our photo contest!

Our Partner: The Geffrye, Museum of the Home

This conference has been curated and developed through close collaboration with The Geffrye, Museum of the Home. Learn more about The Geffrye and its transformation in East London.