Institute of Historical Research podcasts

Latest podcasts of the IHR seminar series 'Histories of Home' (also available on The podcasts listed below have been recorded and reproduced courtesy of the Institute of Historical Research and the seminar speakers.

Domesticating medicine: medical technologies and the modern home
Roberta Bivins (University of Warwick) Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Healthy homes, healthy bodies in late Renaissance Italy
Sandra Cavallo and Tessa Storey (Royal Holloway, University of London) Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Whose house is it anyway? Public history and contemporary art in a Georgian home
Karen Harvey (University of Sheffield) Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Sighs and settees: recovering the lost history of reading aloud in the eighteenth century
Abigail Williams (University of Oxford) Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The inter-war home: the design and decoration of the suburban house in England
Deborah Sugg Ryan (University of Falmouth) Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Consumer non-choices in the eighteenth century home
Conor Lucey (University College Dublin) Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The discourse of practice: continuity and change in early modern domestic cultures
Anthony Buxton (University of Oxford) 3 October 2012

From necessary leisure to moral prophylaxis: death of the suburban garden
Franklin Ginn (University of Edinburgh) 20 June 2012

Gardening and photography in the making of the lower middle-class home in Britain, 1880–1914
Rebecca Preston (Royal Holloway, University of London) 9 May 2012

Home-making in pre-modern England
Sara Pennell (Roehampton University) 7 March 2012

Domestic subjects: the East India Company at home 1757–1857 
8 February 2012
Margot Finn: Origins, Aims and Methodology
Helen Clifford: History of the Project
Kate Smith: Things/Objects
Ellen Filor: Persons
Margot Finn: Coda

Domestic responsibilities: the discipline of home economics in twentieth century China
Helen Schneider (University of Oxford) 6 December 2011

Living in the past: Acquisition and display in late nineteenth century homemaking
Trevor Keeble (Kingston University) 9 November 2011

Practices of inhabitance in large houses: Comfort, privacy and status in Sydney, Australia
Robyn Dowling (Macquarie University) 12 October 2011