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Visiting Rites: Accessing the English Home, c. 1650-1850

September 10, 2009
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United Kingdom

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The home is often portrayed as somehow separate from the wider world. From the open nature of the great hall in medieval houses, the early modern household in particular is seen as an increasingly private terrain, removed from the public gaze, or even a haven from the vicissitudes of public life. Yet the home was always a permeable space, penetrated by visitors (both long and short-term, from lodgers to dinner guests), servants, trades people and thieves. The conference focuses on four main themes: the spaces and rituals of social visiting; the ways in which tradesmen were afforded access to the home; the strategies for securing the home against unwelcome visitors and outcomes of such intrusions, and the relationship between notions of public and private. Please see the attached poster and programme for details of the papers and the two keynote lectures, by Amanda Vickery (RHUL), and Carolyn Steedman (Warwick)


Professor Jon Stobart (Northampton) and Dr Sara Pennell (Roehampton)


University of Northampton, Northampton


Professor Jon Stobart

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