Monthly Archives: February 2014

Custodians of Home Conference: LIPCAP presentation

*Update: Podcasts from this conference are now available online. The paper given by the project director about Living in the Past Community Archaeology Project is directly available here.*

Geffrye Museum entrance

 Geffrye Museum (Wikipedia image)

The ‘Custodians of Home’ conference, held at the fabulous Geffrye Museum (well worth a visit!) last Friday, was a great success – with exception of my LIPCAP paper, which due to a technical fault, displayed a palimpsest of images on each slide, instead of multiple fade in-and-out photos & text boxes.

I’ve created a video of the slide show, should any of the delegates (or anyone else, for that matter) wish to see what should have been visible on the day. For now, this is a low-resolution version (all my laptop can cope with at the moment!), but I’ll uploaded a higher quality version when possible.

(A downloadable PDF version of this paper is available here: Living_in_the_Past_Custodians_Online_PDF)

must again extend thanks to the organisers for inviting me to give a paper at the conference, and – along with others – providing encouragement and very useful advice and information.

I would love to attend all the great events provided by Queen Mary’s and the very interesting Living with the Past at Home project in the near future, but unfortunately time and (especially) money prevent me from doing so (one of the many downsides of carrying out independent research 🙁 ). But hopefully I’ll make it to at least another event before the series ends.

‘Slumming it’: people & places of 1930s London

On a recent trip to London for the ‘Custodians of Home’ conference (I was very far from ‘slumming it’ myself, staying in what was to me a rather swanky hotel), I found myself travelling through a number of the streets that I had encountered within I Lived in a Slum – written by journalist & social investigator Ada Chesterton. The book – which I surveyed as part of my research into the value of such texts with regard to descriptions of domestic material culture – explores poverty and housing in early 1930s London. As an aid to study, I plotted the families and locations described in this book, on to Google map. 

I mentioned this resource to another delegate, in case this information is relevant to their own interests, and said I’d post links on this website (as I was attending the conference in my capacity of LIPCAP leader). So, here is the link to the posts that I wrote on this book (which provide extracts – full of interesting descriptions of the people and places that Chesterton visited), on my C19-early C20 research blog. Satellite & map versions of the People and places of the West End: from ‘slum’ to social housing in the 1930s plots can be directly reached here and here, respectively.