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Centre for Studies of Home

An international hub of research, knowledge exchange and public engagement on past and present homes. The Centre provides seminars, exhibitions and learning resources for the public.

  • School/Institute/Department: School of Geography, School of History, Geffrye Museum of the Home
  • Subjects: Geography, Museum studies, History
  • Audience: Museums, General Public

The Centre for Studies of Home was established in 2011 as a partnership between Queen Mary, University of London, and The Geffrye Museum of the Home and is co-directed by Alison Blunt (Professor of Geography, QMUL) and Eleanor John (Head of Collections and Exhibitions, Geffrye).

The centre is an international hub of research, knowledge exchange and public engagement activities on past and present homes. It spans work on the domestic sphere, including everyday life, architecture, interior design and material cultures, to the significance of home beyond the domestic, including broader ideas about dwelling, belonging, privacy and security.

The partnership combines the complementary expertise and interest of Queen Mary and the Geffrye to develop research, knowledge exchange, dissemination and learning projects. This allows departments across the university to take part joint projects based on mutual knowledge exchange, while also benefiting from the museum’s exhibition space, curation expertise, educational resources and knowledge of disseminating research findings to a wide set of public audiences.

Their public engagement work includes the development of exhibitions (such as ‘Who once lived in my house?’ Sept. 2013 – Feb. 2014 and the currently under development ‘Inside teenage bedrooms’ (ESRC PhD studentship: Carey Newson), learning resources and the production of research material to be acquired by the museum collections for public access and use.

The centre also convenes a seminar series on ‘Studies of Home’ at the Institute of Historical Research, postgraduate study days, workshops, conferences and an annual lecture. Research projects affiliated with the centre include ‘Living with the past at home’ (AHRC; Catherine Nash PI); ‘Home and inhabitation: a biography of the Aylesbury Estate (Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, Richard Baxter); and four AHRC CDA studentships on ‘Home-work: connections and transitions in London from the 17th century to the present.’

The video below contains information on the Centre and other museum collaborations with the School of Geography

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