A History of the Home through Objects

We welcomed Year 8 pupils on campus to explore historical objects from the past.

Jessop West

On Friday 9th June, History in the City welcomed Year 8 students from Firth Park Academy and King Edward VII School for an on-campus day in The Wave building. The theme of the day was ‘A History of the Home through Objects’, and included an introductory lecture by Dr Miriam Dobson. The students then rotated around three different workshops throughout the day.


These workshops were:

Hands on History - Students explored themes of consumerism, gender, and sustainability in the twentieth-century British home, using the Department of History’s artefact collection.  

Witness - Students learned about the practice of oral history and tried their hand at the art of interviewing.

The Archaeological Record - Students explored ancient objects to think about how we uncover the material past, and how we decide what is, and is not, historical using the Archaeology Department’s ancient artefact collection.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the colleagues and HinC volunteers that helped make the event a success, and to Firth Park and King Edward VII for attending - we hope you enjoyed the day!

Tom Jones

Widening Participation, Employability and Alumni Engagement Officer

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