IHR Winter Conference 2018

Home: new histories of living

8-9 February 2018

#myhistoryshelfie

What is #myhistoryshelfie?

A photograph of a mantelpiece, shelf, or any horizontal display space whatsoever, on which stand objects that mean something to you. This can be taken in your home or another living space.

In association with The Geffrye-Museum of the Home and inspired by the theme of 2018’s IHR Winter Conference Home: New Histories of Living, we’re inviting attendees and speakers to contribute to the #myhistoryshelfie project.


There will be a prize for the most compelling and diverting post.


We will display these images at the Winter Conference on 8 & 9 February 2018.

We hope that #myhistoryshelfie will act as a prototype for future endeavours at the Geffrye relating to ‘the mantelpiece’ – details to follow.


How do I submit #myhistoryshelfie?

You can submit your entry using the hashtag #myhistoryshelfie on:

  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Facebook

Please make sure your post is publicly available.

Your post should include a photograph and very brief description of how this shelf and the objects standing on it highlight your personal history.

If you prefer to submit via email please send a message to the IHR Events Office with the subject line #myhistoryshelfie.

Terms and Conditions

  • The competition will close at 5pm on Friday 2 February 2018.
  • If selected for our virtual display at the IHR Winter Conference 2018, the IHR will contact you and ask you to submit a high resolution JPEG of your image by Monday 5 February.
£100 gift voucher prize for contest winner generously provided by Heal's Furniture.

£100 gift voucher prize for contest winner generously provided by Heal's Furniture.

Learn more about our sponsor at their website.