- Department: Archaeology
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Matthew Jenkins
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: H
- Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
- See module specification for other years: 2023-24
This module brings together the academic study of historic house interiors with contemporary heritage interpretation and conservation. How are these interiors interpreted to the public? What stories do we choose to tell and are there other stories (particularly revolving around marginalised social groups) that would be more inclusive and engaging? How do we balance the need to conserve these historic houses with the need to generate revenue and keep them open? How have different disciples (archaeology, art history, history) explored these houses in different ways?
A directed option - students must pick a Special Topic module and have a choice of which to take
|Semester 2 2024-25
Special Topics focus upon the archaeology of a well defined time, space or theme and the modules seek to allow students, in small groups to focus upon primary source material and to apply to it the theoretical and thematic perspectives learned over your first and second years. The aim is to facilitate the acquisition of deeper knowledge of one aspect of the past than has been possible in more general courses.
Specifically this module aims:
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
We follow two strands in this module. The first provides a broad overview of the major themes, including:
The second strand explores how academics have studied these interiors. In the past, this has led to a focus on style and famous architects and patrons. More recently, academics have become increasingly interested in the role of women (and gender generally), the lives of servants, connections with slavery and the complexity of public and private spaces.
These two strands will be combined in a series of case studies, ranging from the medieval period to the 19th century. This allows us to analyse how these themes play out in practice and explore the complexity surrounding them. In the assessment, students are encouraged to focus on the areas of the module that most interest them.
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Formative: oral feedback from module leaders in class
Summative: written feedback within the University's turnaround policy
Vagnone, F. D., Ryan, D. E., Sorin, G. (2016) Anarchist's Guide to Historic House Museums. London: Routledge.
Johnson M (2010) English Houses 1300-1800: Vernacular Architecture, Social Life. Pearson: Harlow.
National Trust (2011) The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping. London: Butterworth-Heinemann.