Centre Events Archive

Conference: At Home in Renaissance Italy
17/18 November 2006
Victoria & Albert Museum
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Moving Home: Exploring Future Agendas for Research in the Domestic Interior
30 - 31 March, 2006
Bard Graduate Center, New York
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Interior Insights: Design, Ethnography and the Home
24-25 November 2005
Royal College of Art, London
General information

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Domestic Encounters: 1400 to the Present
Postgraduate Research Day
14 March 2005
Royal College of Art, London

Home Movies
A Weekend of Films about Houses, Domestic Space and the Interior
(in collaboration with the National Trust, 2 Willow Road)
28-30 January 2005
Everyman Cinema Club, Hampstead
Programme and booking information

Domestic and Institutional Interiors in Early Modern Europe
19-20 November 2004
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
General Information

Literature and the Domestic Interior
23 October 2004
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
General Information

A Casa: People, Spaces and Objects
in the Renaissance Interior
Two-Part Symposium
General Information
About the Research Project: The Domestic Interior in Italy, 1400-1600

Part I: 7-8 May 2004, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Booking (deadline: 23 April 2004)

Part II: 10-11June 2004, Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies
Villa I Tatti, Florence

Advanced booking is not required for Part II. For further details, please contact Villa I Tatti

Gender, Taste and Material Culture in Britain
and North America in the Long Eighteenth Century

21-22 May 2004
The Huntington, California
General Information


Age, Gender and Domestic Culture
Royal Holloway, University of London
(organised by the Bedford Centre for the History of Women, Royal Holloway and the AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior)
3 July 2004
General Information

Domestic Designs: 1400 to the Present
Postgraduate Research Day
9 February 2004
Royal College of Art
Booking Form (Deadline for Registration: 30 January 2004) 
Programme and Information

Symposium: Novelty, Trade and Exchange in the Renaissance Interior
Victoria & Albert Museum
24-25 June 2003
Information and Programme
Booking Form (deadline for booking 10 June 2003)
About the Research Project: The Domestic Interior in Italy, 1400-1600

Symposium: The Post-War European Home
Monday, 12 May 2003
Victoria and Albert Museum
Booking Form (deadline for booking: 28 April 2003)
Provisional Programme

Conference: The Modern Magazine and the Design of the Domestic Interior in Europe and America, 1880-1930
Friday, 7 February 2003
Victoria and Albert Museum
Booking Form word format (deadline for booking: 24 January 2003)
Programme and Information

Postgraduate Research Day
The Domestic Interior: 1600 to the 1940

Friday, 22 November 2002
Victoria and Albert Museum
Programme and Information

Booking Form
Abracts of Papers

Symposium: Representing the Domestic Interior: 1400 to the Present
24-25 May 2002
Victoria and Albert Museum

Mapping Renaissance Material Culture
A symposium co-organized with The Material Renaissance Project (University of Sussex)

12 December 2001
Victoria and Albert Museum
Programme (PDF document)

Inaugural Symposium: Approaching the Domestic Interior:
1400 to the Present

8 December 2001
Victoria and Albert Museum
Programme (PDF document)
Symposium report (PDF document)

Other Events Archive

Back to the Drawing Book: Re-examining Furniture and Furnishings 1760-1950, Conference, 4 December 2004, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, Middlesex University
The aim of this conference is to depart from the traditional histories of furniture and the interior. The focus is not the famous makers, such as Sheraton, Chippendale and Hepplewhite, but rather the cultural contexts of furniture design, the less well-known firms and the impact of theoretical studies upon the way in which furniture is discussed. Papers will examine a variety of subjects, including the firms of Crace & Son, Holland & Son and Gillows, and will also develop new ideas on the domestic object in the 1950s, reading Victorian images of furniture and the perception of the authentic piece.

The conference will be of interest to anyone who wishes to re-examine the history of furniture and furnishings, or to explore exciting new approaches to archival work.

Speakers include: Emma Cowan, Amanda Girling-Budd, Trevor Keeble, Eleanor Quince, Julie Schlarman, Mark Westgarth

Tickets: £35.00 or £25.00 concessions including lunch. Please note: The concessionary ticket rate applies to students, Middlesex University staff, Friends of MoDA, senior citizens, registered disabled people and ES40 holders.
Booking enquiries: Please call +44 (0)20 8411 4394. www.moda.mdx.ac.u

American Modernist Design, 1920-1940: New Perspectives, symposium, 29-30 October 2004, Yale University Art Gallery.
The event, which features leading modernist scholars and design historians, is offered in conjunction with the exhibition 'Livable Modernism: Interior Decorating and Design During the Great Depression', on view at the Yale Art Gallery from 5 October 2004, through 5 June 2005.

The Friday lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the Saturday symposium, for which there is a nonrefundable fee of $25 per person, $10 for members of the Yale Art Museums (the fee includes a boxed lunch). Free for students with a valid ID.

For more information on the symposium, as well as a pdf registration form available for downloading, please see the following websites:
The Yale Art Gallery homepage: http://artgallery.yale.edu
The symposium homepage: http://www.yale.edu/yuag/symposium.html

Sex Object: Desire and Design in a Gendered World, 11-13 September 2003 Design History Society Conference, Norwich, UK

Dr. Nicholas Maffei
Centre Leader, Critical Studies
Norwich School of Art and Design
St George Street
Tel. +44 (0)1603 610561
Fax. +44 (0)1603 615728
E-mail: n.maffei@nsad.ac.uk
For further details of the conference, go to http://www.nsad.ac.uk

Trade: Histories, Cultures and Economies, CHORD Conference, 10-11 September 2003, University of Wolverhampton

CHORD (the Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution) invites
proposals exploring any aspect of the history of trade, including internal and
international distribution, wholesaling and retailing.

Dr. Laura Ugolini, BH009, Bankfield House, University of Wolverhampton,
Wolverhampton, WV1 1SB.
E-mail: L.Ugolini@wlv.ac.uk
Conference web-page: http://pers-www.wlv.ac.uk/~in6086/chconf.htm
CHORD web-pages: http://pers-www.wlv.ac.uk/~in6086/chord.html

The Victorian Interior, 26-27 September 2003, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

As part of the continuing programme of events associated with the redesigned British Galleries, the V&A is holding a major conference on the Victorian interior. In an age of unprecedented social upheaval, the new Victorian middle classes tried to impose a sense of order by focusing on the home as a haven. The comfort of their domestic sphere became a symbol of the success of the family. In the bustling world beyond the home, the innovations of an industrialised urban society created opportunities for lavish display in public buildings, ranging from railway stations to museums and international exhibition buildings.

This conference explores the choices faced by the Victorians when decorating their homes and their public spaces. Over two days speakers consider the variety of styles that were on offer, inspired by the past, or by exotic encounters, as well as the rise of avant-garde approaches to design, in the Arts & Crafts and Aesthetic movements. There will be a number of case studies including:

- the great country house, exemplified by Tyntesfield, recently acquired by the National Trust
- sessions on the ambiguous spaces that straddled private and public patronage; spaces as diverse as artists’ studios and church interiors
- a reappraisal of the work of the designer E.W. Godwin
- late-Victorian theatres and music halls

The conference will be of particular interest to architectural historians, art historians, design historians, cultural historians, and students of these disciplines; architects and interior designers; museum staff; members of heritage bodies; and all those with some knowledge of Victorian culture and society.

Day 1 Domestic Spaces

10.10 Registration and coffee
10.30 Conference opens
10.40 Separate spheres?: women and the ideal home
Suzanne Fagence Cooper, Research Fellow, V&A / Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College
11.20 Guiding the consumer: home decorating, advice manuals and commercial influences
Frances Collard, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion, V&A
12.00 Faking it: mass-produced and imitative wallpapers in the late-Victorian period
Joanna Banham, Tate Britain, co-author of Victorian Interior Design
12.40 Questions

13.00 Lunch (Gamble Room)

13.50 The evolution of the Victorian interiors at Tyntesfield and their fate in the 20th century
Tim Knox, Head Curator, National Trust
14.30 High Victorian style in nineteenth century interior views
Charlotte Gere, author of Nineteenth Century Decoration: the art of the Interior
15.10 Tea
15.30 E.W. Godwin and the Aesthetic interior
Dr. Reg Winfield, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College
16.10 The room from The Grove: William Kenrick and the development of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Birmingham
Karen Livingstone, Research Department, V&A
16.50 Panel discussion and questions
17.15 Close

Day 2 Public Spaces

10.10 Registration and coffee
10.30 Conference opens
10.40 Museums and International Exhibitions
Anthony Burton, formerly Research Department, V&A
11.20 Opulence and spectacle: the late-Victorian theatre & music hall
Cathy Haill, Theatre Museum
12.00 Travel style in the steam age
Paul Atterbury, freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster
12.40 Questions

13.00 Lunch (Gamble Room)

14.00 A barometer of public taste: the decoration and furnishing of the Midland Grand Hotel at St. Pancras, 1868-1900
William Filmer-Sankey, Alan Baxter Associates
14.40 Sacred Struggles – who controlled the ecclesiastical interior?
Dr. Jim Cheshire, Lincoln School of Art and Design, University of Lincoln
15.20 Tea
15.40 Victorian artists’ studio-houses: the allure of the artistic interior
Dr. Caroline Dakers, Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design
16.20 Panel discussion and questions
17.00 Close

Fees for The Victorian Interior
Booking Code: A EFE B 695 VIIT
Full rate: £50 per day
Concessionary rates: Senior Citizens, Friends and Patrons of the V&A, RIBA members, £42 per day
Students on state-funded courses: £15 per day
Registered disabled people and ES40 holders: 12.50 per day
There is a 7.5% discount for those booking both days of the conference at full rate (£92 instead of £100)
Ticket price includes morning coffee, sandwich lunch and afternoon tea.
Tickets available from the Box Office 020 7942 2209.

State and Private Decoration: England and France in the Age of the Baroque,
symposium, 17-18 October 2003, Maison Française, Norham Road, Oxford, UK

Speakers include Steven Brindle (English Heritage), Alexandre Gady (Paris, Centre Allemand de l’Histoire de l’Art), Jo Hedley (Wallace Collection), Nicolas Milovanovic (Versailles), David Ormrod (University of Kent) & Jean Vittet (Paris, Mobilier National).

Linda Whiteley
Dept of the History of Art
Littlegate House
St. Ebbes
Oxford OX1 1PT
e-mail linda.whiteley@hoa.ox.ac.uk

Sponsored by the Maison Française and the Department of the History of Art, with assistance from the Faculty of Modern History, University of Oxford

Editing (out) the Image
, 7-8 November 2003, University College, University of Toronto, Canada

The notion of editing, if it is conceived broadly, touches on concerns crucial to those fields that make up the history of art as a practicetoday; its effects work across the spectrum from the most traditional to the most controversial aspects of the discipline. The aim of this conference is to address issues of editing the image by bringing together a range of practitioners from different constituencies: academic art history, museums, artists. We plan to focus on both practical, localized concerns and more general theoretical matters.

Mark A. Cheetham, Professor (On Leave, 2003-04)
University of Toronto
Graduate Department of History of Art
100 St. George St., Rm. 6036
Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 3G3
Tel: 416 978 7417
Fax: 416 946 7627

The State of the Real.
An Interdisciplinary Conference, 21-22 November 2003, Glasgow School of Art, UK

The conference organisers propose a debate on the subject of ‘the real’ in
aesthetic philosophy, criticism and practice. Recent years have seen notions of reality discussed in the open. What relationship do current views developed by this discourse have with those tenets of realism and representation that once provided the foundation for aesthetic study? What are the philosophical consequences of the introduction of technologies that increasingly blur the boundaries between art and popular culture? What is the effect of aesthetic culture on Realpolitik? What has happened to the notions of social realism, verisimilitude, and the imaginary? Are they still relevant, and how have they been changed, if at all?

The organizers are also interested in how notions of reality are affected by, and continue to affect, aesthetic practice in the fields of art, design, and media production. With the popularity of haptic technologies, what has happened to ‘real’ haptics? How do practitioners and academics view older technologies in the light of their electronic avatars? With the development of notions of virtual space, what has happened to our understanding of the body, the mind, and corporeal space?

Contact: ‘The State of the Real’,
Dept. of Historical and Critical Studies,
Glasgow School of Art,
167 Renfrew St,
Scotland, UK.
G3 6RQ
E: real@gsa.ac.uk.

The Material Renaissance: Costs and Consumption in Italy, 1400-1650, a two-day conference, 7-8 April 2003, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

The conference will discuss attitudes to values and valuing, consumption, markets and marketing, aesthetic and technical innovation, gifts, social status, patronage, networks and connections in Italy from c.1400 to c.1650. It is based upon the work of members of the Material Renaissance research project, a collaborative project funded by the AHRB and the Getty Grant Program.

Speakers: Reinhold C. Mueller, Suzanne B. Butters, Mary Hollingsworth, Evelyn Welch, Luca Mola', Patricia Allerston, Guido Guerzoni, Michelle O'Malley, Anna Melograni, Ann Matchette, Elizabeth Currie, Steve Wharton, Valerie Taylor, Paula Hohti.

Conference fee: GBP 10 full / GBP 5 students and unwaged. Booking forms
can be downloaded from the website http://www.sussex.ac.uk/Units/arthist/matren/ or received by post.

Dr Rupert Shepherd, Room 205, Essex House,
University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QQ, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1273 872544. Fax: +44 (0)1273 678644
E-mail: matren@sussex.ac.uk

Defining the Holy: Sacred Space in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 10-12 April 2003, University of Exeter, UK

Keynote speakers:
Dr Diana Webb
'Domestic Space and Devotion in the Late Middle Ages'

Dr Margaret Aston
'Hierarchies of Space and Locating the Holy'

Dr Nora Berend
'Christendom: a Holy Space? Frontiers and Territory in the Central Middle Ages'

Prof Roberta Gilchrist
'Reading Sacred and Secular Space in English Monasticism: The Changing Spaces of Norwich Cathedral, c. 1100-1700'

Dr John Goodall
'Articulating Sacred Geography: The Chantries, Chapels and Furnishings of Westminster Abbey in the late Middle Ages'

Aim of the conference:
This conference aims to bring together researchers from a range of perspectives, to investigate the creation, use, transformation or destruction of sacred space in a variety of specific contexts across the medieval and early modern periods.

Focuses for particular research might include amongst others:
• the role of competition between the sacred and profane in the definition of sacred space;
• the establishment and maintenance of shrines;
• pilgrimage routes
• the consecration and desecration of sites;
• concepts of immunity and sanctuary;
• the role of ritual in definitions of sacred space.

The conference is open to scholars of both the entire medieval and early modern periods, breaking down the conventional chronological divisions. We welcome contributions from scholars from all disciplines in these periods: archaeology, art history, Byzantine studies, Arabic studies, history, Jewish studies, legal history, literature, music and religious studies. We hope that the conference will include contributions based on all the faiths (paganism, Islam and Judaism) in Europe during these centuries, as well as Christianity.

Sarah Hamilton (S.M.Hamilton@exeter.ac.uk) or
Andrew Spicer (A.Spicer@exeter.ac.uk)
Department of History, University of Exeter, Amory Building, Rennes Drive,
Exeter, EX4 4RJ, UK. www.ex.ac.uk/shipss/history/events/sacredspace.htm

Articulating Meanings in Late Medieval and Early Modern Interiors, a session at Articulations, the 29th Annual Conference of the Association of Art Historians, 10-13 April 2003, Birkbeck and University College London

The acts of building, decorating, furnishing, using and representing interiors are laden with meanings, implied or explicit. These meanings can inform us about the interiors' creators, owners and users; about political, social and familial aspirations and attitudes; and about the reciprocal relationships between people and interiors. This session will explore the methods which people used to articulate some of these meanings through their relationships with the interiors they owned, used or represented.

To register for the conference, contact: For further information contact the convenors:

Dr Flora Dennis
Research Fellow
AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior
Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
London SW7 2EU
Tel. +44 (0)20 7590 4188
Fax. +44 (0)20 7590 4580

Dr Rupert Shepherd
Department of Western Art
Ashmolean Museum
Oxford OX1 2PH
Tel. (mobile): +44 (0)7941 187904

Picking Up Stitches, one-day conference, 1 May 2003, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, Middlesex University

This conference will coincide with MoDA’s exhibition 'STITCH: The Art & Craft of Home-making' (8 April–24 August 2003). The exhibition will explore the overlapping themes of creativity and nurturing, of making and ‘home-making’ through items made by ordinary women for their homes today and in the recent past. The exhibition is based on interviews with local women, and will consist of items lent by the participants.

The objects displayed in ‘Stitch’ will be entirely ‘ordinary’, but are simultaneously entirely ‘extraordinary’ and unique expressions of creativity and craftsmanship.
As such they occupy a fascinating position at the intersection of design, craft, gender studies, material culture, and studies of the domestic interior.

Zoë Hendon
Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture
Middlesex University
Cat Hill, Barnet
tel +44 (0)20 8411 2341

The Table: The Material Culture and Social Context of Dining in Historical Periods, 3-4 May 2003, University of Sheffiled.

The focus of this conference is the social practice of dining in the historical periods in Europe from the Roman period to the 18th century, drawing on artefactual, documentary and pictorial evidence for the consumption of food an ddrink in various historical, social and cultural contexts.

For further details on the conference programme and to register: www.shef.ac.uk/~ap/conf/dining or email: Dr Hugh Willmott: h.willmott@sheffield.ac.uk; Dr Maureen Carroll: p.m.carroll@sheffield.ac.uk (until 1 February 2003); Dr Dawn Hadley: d.m.hadley@sheffield.ac.uk (after 1 February 2003).

The Modern Period Room:
The Construction of the Exhibited Interior 1870-1950, Dorich House Annual Conference, Faculty of Art, Design & Music, Kingston University, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th May 2003

The Dorich House 5th Annual Conference, to be held at Dorich House, will now take place on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th May 2003. [Please note change to conference as advertised.] Papers will discuss a range of examples of exhibited modern interiors both within the United Kingdom, Europe and America.

Key themes will include notions of authenticity, differing interpretations of modernity, the positioning of the 'modern' within the 'postmodern', curatorial practice, issues of conservation and the questions raised concerning historical representation.

Keynote address: Professor Jeremy Aynsley (Royal College of Art)
Speakers to include: Sebastiano Barassi (Kettle's Yard), Nathan Campbell (Mount Vernon, USA), Lesley Hoskins (MoDA), Paul Overy (Middlesex University), Eleanor Gawne (RIBA), Brenda Martin (Dorich House), Alexandra Griffith (Simon Parks Art Conservation, NYC), Christina Malathouni (Bartlett, UCL), Fredie Flore (Ghent University, Belgium), Harriet Mckay (Willow Road), Daniel Robbins (Leighton House & Linley Sambourne House), Kevin Hetherington (Lancaster University).Tickets: £125 to include refreshments, lunch and wine and canapés evening reception.

Places are limited so early booking is essential.
To book, please contact: Nina Hunt, The Short Course Unit, Faculty of Art, Design & Music, Kingston University, Knights Park, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2QJ. Tel: +44 (0) 208 547 7066. Email: N.Hunt@kingston.ac.uk
For further information please contact: Tara Galliver [t.galliver@kingston.ac.uk], tel: 020 8547 7515

Design History Society Conference: Situated Knowledges: Consumption, Production and Identity in a Global Context, 3-5 September 2002, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK

The conference aims to encourage an interdisciplinary approach that will address the interface between the industrial and developing worlds and encompass a long historical period. Material culture is an essential aspect of creating distinction and identity and has become an antidote to the homogenising effects of globalisation. How does this compare with times past? As the first Design History Society Conference to be held in Wales, a minority culture within the UK, it is particularly appropriate that such issues be explored.

Moira Vincentelli
Email: mov@aber.ac.uk
School of Art, Buarth Mawr, University of Wales
Aberystwyth SY23 1NG.


Where Conservation Meets Conservation, 9 September 2002, De Montfort University, UK

This conference intends to explore the interface between historic buildings and their contents by recognising the interrelationships between architectural and object conservation and the role of conservation science and technology in achieving appropriate and sustainable solutions. The emphasis will be on raising awareness at a practical interdisciplinary level and providing a platform for sharing knowledge and experience
Registration Fee. Before 31st July 2002 - £100. After 31st July 2002 - £140

The conference is endorsed by: ICOMOS-UK, re:source, RICS Foundation, UKIC. For registration forms and further information, contact:
Dr David Watt (0116 250 6024) email dswatt@dmu.ac.uk or
Dr Belinda Colston (0116 257 7132) email bcolston@dmu.ac.uk

2nd International Conference on Visual Representations and Interpretations
, 9-12 September 2002, Liverpool, UK

Contributions are invited for a multi-disciplinary workshop on Visual Representations and Interpretations. This will be a multi-disciplinary meeting exploring all aspects of visual images, their interpretation, representation and modelling, and their relationships to other forms of human knowledge and activities.

Scope and Aims of the Workshop:
The value of multi-disciplinary research, the exchanging of ideas and methods across traditional discipline boundaries, is well recognised. It could be argued that many of the advances in science and engineering take place because the ideas, methods and the tools of thought from one discipline become re-applied in others. The topic of "the visual" has become increasingly important as advances in technology have led to multi-media and multi-modal representations, and extended the range and scope of visual representation and interpretation in our lives. Under this broad heading there are many different perspectives and approaches, from across the entire spectrum of human knowledge and activity. The development of advanced graphics for computer games and film animations, for example, has drawn on and led developments in computational geometry. Even outside the technological sphere, recent controversies over artworks which some have considered to be blasphemous show the power of the visual to manifest wildly different interpretations, and to become a topic of everyday conversation and a focus of political activity. One goal of this workshop on Visual Representations and Interpretations is to break down cross-disciplinary barriers, by bringing together people working in a wide variety of disciplines where visual representations and interpretations are exploited. The first Workshop on Visual Representations and Interpretations was held in Liverpool in 1998. Contributions to the workshop came from researchers actively investigating visual representations and interpretations in a wide variety of areas including: art, architecture, chemistry, clinical medicine, cognitive science, computer science, education, engineering, graphic design, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology and social science. VRI2002 aims to build on this good beginning, and to provide a forum for wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary discussion on visual representations and interpretations. Contributions on any aspect of visual representations and interpretations are welcomed, including, though of course not limited to:

•visual representation languages
•film and photographic interpretation
•art as argument
•diagrams and sketches
•the philosophy, sociology and politics of art and images
•formalization and representation of images
•visual human-machine interaction
•connections between visual and other human senses
•computational geometry
•diagrammatic reasoning
•the modeling of patterns and form
•blueprints and scale models
•visual metaphors and knowledge discovery

Questions and inquiries should be directed to:
Ray Paton, Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool
Email: R.C.Paton@csc.liv.ac.uk

Their shops are dens, the buyer is their prey: Retailers and Consumers in Historical Perspective
, 1500-2000, 12-13 September 2002, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Sessions include:
•Alternative retailing and consumer society
•Retailing, art and material culture
•Making good retailers
•Food shopping and consumer choice
•Management, strategies and decision-making
•Mental maps and itineraries of shopping
•Retailing in a communist regime: the case of the GDR
•The move out-of-town
•Credit and wheeler-dealing
•Retail innovation and consumer society

More information, including details of the programme, abstracts, and down-loadable registration forms, can be found on the conference web-page, at
or see the CHORD web-pages, at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/shass/chord.html.
The conference fee is £ 46. Reduced fees are available: Attendance 12 September only: £ 27. Attendance 13 September only: £ 33. Students/unwaged (both days) £25. Bursaries covering the cost of the conference fee and subsidizing travel may be available for delegates unable to obtain institutional funding.

Dr Laura Ugolini, Room MQ203/4, Quadrant Chambers, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SB, UK.
E-mail: L.Ugolini@wlv.ac.uk

The Circulation of Second-Hand Goods, 17-19 October 2002, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

The topic of discussion will be the circulation of used items (clothing, furniture, books, jewellery, etc.). Various types of second-hand markets will be covered, as well as the circulation of objects outside the traditional market circuits (gifts, theft, more private means of exchange, and alternative currencies). We will discuss the reasons for, and methods and actors of, second-hand exchange as well as the social, symbolic and material transformations that are derived. The colloquium will be plurisdisciplinary, in a long-term context (XV to XX centuries), and will compare European countries (even other regions of the world).

For further details, contact:
Prof. Laurence Fontaine, Departement d'histoire et civilisation, Institut Universitaire Europeen, Villa Schifanoia, Via Boccaccio 121, I-50133 Florence, Italy. Fax : 00-39-055-46 85 203; e-mail: laurence.fontaine@iue.it

Technology and the Home, Sessions of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference, 1-3 November 2002, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

The domestic environment has been shaped, protected, improved, and compromised by technology. "Technology and the Home" seeks papers that explore the various interactions between the two from all time periods and all disciplines. The discussion may focus on real or imagined or speculative homes and technology.

Appropriate topics include but are not limited to: appliances, air conditioning, automobiles, building materials, communications, computers, construction, decorating, entertaining, flooring, hearth, hvac systems, insulation, kitchens, laundries, lighting, pets, preservation, recreation, sanitation, security, and television.

Loretta Lorance, CUNY Graduate Center, PO Box 461, Inwood Station, NY, NY, USA, 10034-0461.

For more information about MAPACA, including other session
topics, please go to: www.siue.edu/~rdonald/mapaca/call00.htm .

Re-making Londoners: Models of a Healthy Society in the Nation's Capital, 1918-1939, 13 November 2002, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London, UK

An inter-disciplinary workshop organised by Dr Elizabeth Darling (University of Brighton), Dr Andrea Tanner (Kingston University) and the Centre for Metropolitan History, University of London

The creation of a healthy society was, perhaps, the dominant concern of social reformers in the first half of the 20th century and many historians have considered the legislative processes through which such a society was produced. What have, hitherto, been little studied, are the locations in which the ideologies of a healthy society were produced, especially in the inter-war decades. It is, then, the aim of this workshop to investigate how social reformers in the case study area of London developed particular models, practices and environments of reform in order to re-make London's population into a race of healthy, active and educated citizens between the end of the Great War in 1918 and the declaration of the Second World War in September 1939. The workshop is arranged under the themes of Hospitals, Housing, The Peckham Health Centre and Propaganda.

The speakers are Tim Boon, Elizabeth Darling, Stuart Evans, Martin Gorsky, Toby Haggith, Stephanie Kirby, John Mohan, Meredith Price, John Stewart, Ruth Wallis. After each session there will be ample opportunity for discussion.

The fee is £20, (£15 for students) which includes coffee, tea, and a sandwich lunch.

Olwen Myhill, Centrefor Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1. Telephone: 020 7862 8790. E-mail: olwen.myhill@sas.ac.uk
Numbers are restricted, and spaces will be allocated on a first come basis


9.30-9.45 Registration

Martin Gorsky (University of Wolverhampton) & John Mohan (University of Portsmouth): London's Voluntary Hospitals in the interwar period: growth, transformation or decline?
Stephanie Kirby (South Bank University): Politicising Professionals: the London County Council Nursing Service 1929-1948
John Stewart (Oxford Brookes University): The Hospital Provision of the LCC, 1929-1939: Success or Failure?

11.00-11.15 Coffee

Ruth Wallis: Public Health & Housing in the inter-war years
Stuart Evans (Central St. Martins): Furniture fit for Heroes

12.30-13.30 Lunch

Meredith Price (Darwin College, Cambridge): In Sickness or in Health: The Pioneer Health Centre and the creation of the NHS
Elizabeth Darling (University of Brighton): 'The Peckhamites are going all Nazi': a new landscape of health in a south London street

14.45-15.00 Tea

Toby Haggith (Imperial War Museum): Paradox City: Propaganda Films produced by London's Housing Reformers, 1918-1939
Tim Boon (Science Museum): Advocacy, Persuasion and Resistance: Diphtheria Immunisation in the London Boroughs, 1921-1939


Craft in the Twenty-First Century: Theorising Change and Practice
, 15-17 November 2002, Edinburgh College of Art, UK

A major conference held by the Centre for Visual and Cultural Studies and the School of Design and Applied Arts at Edinburgh College of Art.

Strands include:
•Craft and Technology - Convenor: Katie Bunnell
•Theorising Craft in a Contemporary Context - Convenor: Paul Greenhalgh
•Craft and Post-colonialism - Convenor: Carol Tulloch
•Curating the Craft Object - Convenor: Martina Margetts
•Craft, Fashion and the Body - Convenors: Lou Taylor and Fiona Anderson
•Craft and the Self: Identity, Memory and Meaning - Convenors: David Crowley and Juliette MacDonald

For any other information about the conference, or to be put on the conference mailing list, please contact:
Conference Administrator, Centre for Visual and Cultural Studies,
Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF.
Email: craftconference@eca.ac.uk

Art for Life's Sake: A Two-Day Symposium on Gender, Class and Victorian Cultural Philanthropy, c. 1860-1914, 16-17 November 2002, Southampton Institute, UK

Southampton Institute will host an international Art and Design History conference on moral aesthetics or the Victorian notion that the purpose of art was to improve or civilize man. The keynote speaker will be Prof. Regenia Gagnier, Exeter University, well known for her work on Oscar Wilde, Aestheticism and Commodity Culture and Individuality. Other speakers include Prof. Janice Helland, Dr. Talia Schaffer, Dr Diana Maltz, and Dr Anne Anderson.

:Possible topics include:
•Art as a hobby or employment for women: ceramics, woodcarving, metalwork etc.
•Art in the Home or interior decorating
•Professionalism and Amateurism
•Schools of Art, technical education and higher education for women (arts related)
•Teaching and educating others
•Charity and class or cross-class relations
•Settlements, Guilds and communities
•Rural Industries
•The Home Arts and Industries Association in Britain and Ireland
•Amateur arts societies, clubs and recreational classes; the evening-class movement.
•Exhibitions and the founding of public art galleries
•Urban or rural regeneration through the arts
•The writings of Ruskin, Morris et al regarding amateur production and the promotion of art as a hobby/rural industry/art as a vocation for women.
•Women as collectors or benefactors
•Individual case studies

Dr Anne Anderson and Dr Diana Maltz, Faculty of Media, Arts and Society, East Park Terrace, Southampton Institute, Southampton SO14 ORF
Anne Anderson: 023 80 319484
Anne.Anderson@solent.ac.uk, Diana_maltz@yahoo.com.

For more information about Southampton Institute and the conference please go to our web-site at www.solent.ac.uk/artandlife

Space, Psyche and Psychiatry: Mental Health/Illness and the Construction and Experience of Space, ca. 1600-2000, 13-15 December 2002, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Conference. An international programme of 17 speakers from the disciplines of history of medicine, architectural history, geography, sociology, and psychology has been assembled to explore this growing subject. Themes will include the design, siting and landscaping of asylums and other psychiatric institutions; how space is used, experienced and appropriated by patients/users and psychiatric professionals; the influence of psychiatric thought on domestic space and other non-institutional spaces; and the representation of psychiatric institutions in the wider culture.

Dr. Jonathan Andrews (jandrews@brookes.ac.uk; ++44 (0)1865 484702) or Dr. Leslie Topp (ltopp@brookes.ac.uk; +44 (0)1865 483573).

For further information: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/schools/humanities/medicine.html#conf

Shopping for Modernities: Selling and buying goods for the home 1870-1939, The Dorich House Annual Conference 4, Friday 10-Saturday 11 May 2002, Faculty of Art, Design and Music, Kingston University

Increasing interest in the subject of shopping for goods with which to create the domestic interior and through which a modern identity was created provides the starting point for this conference. The papers will address the themes of shopping and class formation, shopping and gender, shop display, the development of the department store, retail interios and the expansion of the local high street in Europe and the USA.

£135 full rate / £50 student rate. For bookings contact:
Short Course Unit, Faculty of Art, Design & Music, Kingston University, Knights Park, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2QJ,
Tel.: +44 (0)20 8547 2000 ext. 4066
E-mail: katie@kingston.ac.uk
For further information e-mail b.martin@kingston.ac.uk

Recent Research in the History of Retailing and Distribution: Third Annual CHORD Postgraduate Workshop, CHORD (Committee for the History of Retailing and Distribution), University of Wolverhampton, 22 May 2002

CHORD (the Committee for the History of Retailing and Distribution) invites postgraduates and other new researchers interested in any aspect of the history of retailing and/or distribution to participate in a one-day workshop. Proposals will comprise both full-length (c.30 minutes) papers and brief (c.10 minutes) 'problem' presentations, focusing on problems and issues encountered in the course of research (relating to sources, methodologies, theory, etc.), to be followed by discussion, in which all delegates are warmly invited to participate.
The workshop will be held at The University of Wolverhampton. Fee: £ 7. Bursaries covering fee and subsidising travel may be available.

For further information please contact:
Dr Laura Ugolini, Room MQ203/4, Quadrant Chambers, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton WV1 1SB, UK
E-mail: L.Ugolini@wlv.ac.uk
Web-site (including down-loadable registration form): http://pers-www.wlv.ac.uk/~in6086/chwork.htm

CongressCATH 2002: Translating Class, Altering Hospitality, 21-23 June 2002, University of Leeds. Promoted by CentreCATH.

Our first conference addresses a crisis created by the continuing fractures of sociality expressed either as internal estrangement or as hostility to those perceived as the resident stranger. This first annual Congress of the newly instituted AHRB Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History aims to incite new debates around the interrelated aspects of both the political and philosophical theories of class and hospitality and their current translations to cultural practices, analyses and performance.
Josine Opmeer, CentreCATH, Old Mining Building, 2.08, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: +44(0)113 233 1629; Fax: +44(0)113 233 1628

Courtauld History of Dress Association Annual Conference: Fashion and the Applied Arts, 26-27 July 2002, Courtauld Institute of Art

The conference will explore the relationship between Fashion and the Applied Arts, past and present. Papers should draw on the whole history of dress and a broad interpretation of the applied arts, which could include architecture, interior design, furniture & furnishings, ceramics & glass, jewellery and metalwork. We welcome papers which explore this theme in the context of both Western and non-Western cultures. Topics of interest include:

•The role of architecture in fashion retailing and promotion
•The 'lifestyling' of fashion and the fashionable lifestyle
•The role of fashion within applied art movements (e.g. Arts & Crafts, Bauhaus Omega)
•Interpreting, curating and displaying fashion and the applied arts
•The role and use of ornament in fashion and the applied arts
•The influence of clothes, fashions and rituals of dressing on furniture and interior design
•The applied arts as sources for the history of fashionable dress

Conference co-ordinator:
Rebecca Milner, 45 Parnell Road, London E3 2RS

Exhibitions Archive

Cutting Edge: An Exhibition of British Cutlery and Table Settings, 11 January - 10 March, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield and 26 March - 2 June, Geffrye Museum, London

Domestic Bliss, 28 May-25 August 2002, at MoDA, works on the theme of domesticity by students and staff of the Fine Art Print Department, Middlesex University. www.moda.mdx.ac.uk/

The Uncanny Room, 12 October-8 December 2002 at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham. www.bowesmuseum.co.uk

Designing Domesticity: Decorating the American Home Since 1876, 5 December 2001-15 December 2002, Kent State University Museum. http://dept.kent.edu/museum/exhibit/domesticity/domesticity.htm