Who we are

The place to study home

We carry out innovative research on home past, present and future. We exist to deepen and diversify understandings of home for academic and public audiences.

We are a partnership between Queen Mary University of London and the Museum of the Home. And we combine our complementary expertise and interest to develop research, knowledge exchange, dissemination and learning projects.

An expansive sense of home

Our research is collaborative and cross-disciplinary. It spans work on home within and beyond the domestic sphere. Alongside everyday life, domestic architecture and material culture, we are interested in broader ideas about home, dwelling and belonging.   

About the partners

At Queen Mary University of London the centre brings together academics, postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students working on home in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (particularly in Geography, History, English and Drama). We have wide-ranging interests in lived experiences and ideas about home on domestic, urban, national and transnational scales.

The Museum of the Home in Hoxton, East London specialises in telling personal stories of home. It is a place where everyone can explore what home means. The galleries, collections, library and archives, temporary exhibitions and creative learning programmes engage with debates and issues about the significance of home and domestic life in contemporary as well as historical societies.

Our co-directors

Alison Blunt

Professor of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, Co-director, Centre for Studies of Home, director of the AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership DTP and Vice-President (Research and Higher Education) of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Alison’s research focuses on home, migration and the city. She leads the AHRC project Stay Home Stories (funded as part of the UKRI rapid response to COVID-19) and has also worked with colleagues on Home-city-street, funded by the Queen Mary Centre for Public Engagement.

Alison was lead supervisor on the centre’s AHRC CDA programmes on home, work and religion in London from the seventeenth century to the present. She has also acted as mentor for the centre’s three Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellows: Richard Baxter, Casper Laing Ebbensgaard and Azeezat Johnson.

Her books include Home (with Robyn Dowling, Routledge, 2006; second edition forthcoming) and Domicile and diaspora: Anglo-Indian women and the spatial politics of home (Wiley, RGS-IBG Book Series, 2005).

Sonia Solicari

Director, Museum of the Home and Co-director, Centre for Studies of Home

Sonia joined the Museum of the Home as Director in 2017 and is leading the £18.1 million development project to transform the site and brand.

She was previously Head of the Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre, where she worked since 2010, leading on a capital development of the gallery and the exhibitions programme. She also worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum where she saw the delivery of two major gallery developments; as Curator of Ceramics and Glass (2006-2010) and as Assistant Curator of Paintings (2002-2006).

Sonia has published and lectured widely on aspects of nineteenth-century art and design, and contemporary collecting and display.

Our steering group

Queen Mary University of London

  • Dr David Geiringer

Postdoctoral research associate

  • Dr Rhodri Hayward

Reader in History

  • Prof. Alastair Owens

Professor of Historical Geography

  • Laura Roberts

PhD student

Museum of the Home

  • Tamsin Ace

Director of Creative Programmes and Collections

  • Alison Anscomb

Executive Assistant to the Director and Clerk to the Trustees

  • Rebecca Jacobs

Access and Public Programme Manager

  • Sinéad McCarthy

Contemporary Curator

  • Vanessa Meade

Curator, Exhibitions and Interpretation

  • Danielle Patten

Curator: Research