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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.

Historic Map Overlay: Friar Gate / Ashbourne Rd. Area, 1883

Completed the historic map interpretation for the LIP Project Study Area (no. 4) that centres on Friar Gate and Ashbourne Rd (apologies for poor resolution – still looking for a way to successfully export good quality images from the GIS software used):

1883 Historic Map Google Earth Overlay

1883 Historic Map Google Earth Overlay

  • Blue: water pumps
  • Grey: domestic
  • Pale pink: education
  • Medium Pink: institutional building
  • Red: religious buildings
  • Violet: Commercial & industrial
  • Dark purple: Public Houses

Do you live in any of the houses shown?

We’re interested to hear from residents of houses marked on the map – the LIP project can carry out – or support householders in carrying out their own – (for free) archaeological standing building surveys (house interiors – and / or outdoor toilets!), and would really like to record any bits of old pottery, glass, etc. found in gardens.

Non-domestic features of interest

  • The large pink building at the bottom right of the map is the County Gaol, now demolished (façade remains).
  • The building of the same colour in the middle of the map is St Christopher’s Railway Servants’ Children’s Home
  • The map records the smaller building of this colour at the top left as a ‘Females Home’. (This is recorded in the HER – no. 32542 – as ‘Home for Penitent Females’, built 1866-68 by George Henry Sheffield)
  • The pale pink building, right of centre is Ashgate Board School – still a primary school today.
  • The violet features at the bottom left of the map are brick fields & kilns. (Recorded in the HER – no. 32501 – as being in operation until 1900)
  • Some pubs marked on the map (dark purple) are still open today: the Greyhound, New Zealand, Wagon & Horses, Wheel (now Mile)

More soon…