Domestic production and work in poor British homes, c. 1650-1850

Date / time: 12 September, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Domestic production and work in poor British homes, c. 1650-1850

In recent decades the ‘home’ has come to the forefront of historical investigations. Domestic production and work, such as spinning and farming, has received some renewed attention as part of this, yet the poor are still relatively under-researched compared to richer people. This conference aims to address these issues by focusing on domestic production in the homes of the poor.

The conference will bring together speakers who research a wide range of domestic activities, such as textile production, brewing and dairying. This will allow us to create a dialogue between people working in various areas and develop a holistic understanding of the relative importance of different types of domestic production and work in poor British households.

Professor John Styles, University of Hertfordshire, has been confirmed as keynote speaker for the event. He will be discussing some of the project findings of a major Economic Research Council project he led on hand spinning and the industrial revolution.

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The conference is free to attend, having kindly been funded by the Economic History Society, Past and Present Society, and the Royal Historical Society.Travel grants of up to £75 will be available for postgraduate and early career researchers. Please email the organiser Joe Harley on if you would like to be considered for one of these grants. In your email please outline why the event is important to you and give details of your current situation.

Location: University of Derby, Kedlestone Road, Derby