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Centre for Studies of Home

Launched in February 2011, the Centre for Studies of Home is a partnership between The Geffrye Museum of the Home and Queen Mary, University of London. The research centre aims to create an internationally important hub of research, knowledge transfer and dissemination activities on the home. Studies of home are wide-ranging and diverse. Reflecting this broad scope, the centre spans research on the home and domesticity, including everyday domestic life, material cultures, architecture and design, to the significance of home beyond the domestic, engaging with broader ideas about dwelling, belonging, privacy and security.

The centre convenes a seminar series on ‘Studies of Home’ at the Institute of Historical Research, postgraduate study days, workshops, conferences and an annual lecture.

Current research projects affiliated with the centre including four AHRC CDA (Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award) PhD studentships focusing on connections between home and work from the eighteenth century to the present, an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) studentship investigating teenage bedrooms and a three year early career fellowship funded by the Leverhulme Trust entitled 'Home and inhabitation: a biography of the Aylesbury Estate.'

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Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network

The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network (SSN), based at the Geffrye Museum, is an interdisciplinary network bringing together academics, archivists, museum professionals and postgraduate students to promote the study of the home.

The SSN exists to facilitate exchanges and to open up dialogue. This approach is informed by a multiplicity of possible avenues into thinking about the home, where the concept of home (including gardens) is taken in a broad sense to include not only the physical spaces and material objects of the dwelling but also ideas, dynamics and experiences of home within and beyond the domestic sphere.

The following list is intended to highlight the range of approaches/fields that explore these issues and we welcome scholars and practitioners from any and all of these fields to participate in the SSN: design history, geography, literary studies, architecture, gender studies, anthropology, microeconomics, psychology, garden history, sociology, folklore, history, art history, cultural studies, decorative arts, politics, social history, material culture studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, archaeology, contemporary art, environmental studies, urban planning.

To find out more about the SSN and its activities, including conferences, seminars and visits, please visit the SSN website or email us at