Friday, 18 January 2013

Seminar: Domestic Advice Literature and Histories of Home

The Histories of Home Specialist Subject Network and the Modern Interiors Research Centre (Kingston University) are holding a one-day seminar on ‘Domestic Advice Literature and Histories of Home’ at the Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London, England E28EA
on Thursday 31 January 2013.

The event brings together scholars from different disciplines to consider the role of advice literature in the study of the home, its design and interiors, recognising the significance of the source in shaping our perceptions and representations of the domestic sphere.


Professor Penny Sparke – Domestic advice literature

Dr Lesley Hoskins – Calibrating advice: prescription and practice in the mid- nineteenth century

Dr Emma Ferry (Nottingham Trent University) – ‘Any lady can do this without much trouble’: class and gender in Mrs Loftie’s The Dining Room

Dr Patricia Lara-Betancourt (Kingston University) - Advice literature as design reform discourse

Dr Nicholas Tromans (Kingston University) – ‘An alien in the decorative community’: the problem of pictures in British domestic advice literature

Dr Rebecca Preston (Royal Holloway, University of London) – Reading between the lines: correspondence and illustrated advice from readers in nineteenth- and early twentieth- century gardening magazines

Dr Rachel Richie (Brunel University) – From the Council of Industrial Design to the Co-op: influences on interior design and décor advice in women’s magazines, 1954-1969

Dr Grace Lees-Maffei – Stories of home: domestic advice literature as narrative

Tickets will be priced at £20 (£10 for students). To reserve a place, please download a booking form from and email it to Hannah Brown at