Material Life in Rural Britain, from the Fourteenth to the Twentieth Century

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Date(s) - 1 December
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London


This is a one-day conference addressing tracing and interpreting material life in rural Britain, from tracing possessions and ideas of comfort to the influence of technology and the micro-politics of the family, from medieval to modern times. Papers will examine new research on the material possessions of late medieval country dwellers; the experience of comfort and well-being in the early modern country house; the distribution of food and goods in the Victorian household; and the impact of electrification in the twentieth-century countryside.

There will also be a roundtable on current approaches and new possibilities in studying material life in rural society.

Speakers are Chris Briggs (University of Cambridge), Jon Stobart (Manchester Metropolitan University), Emma Griffin (University of East Anglia), and Vanessa Taylor (University of Greenwich).

The cost of the conference is £30 (with lunch) or £15 (without lunch).

To register and view the full program, go to

For queries please contact Paul Warde at