Thursday, 22 March 2012

Let's Talk about Beds....

The daily lives of elite people living in country houses between 1650 and 1850 were governed by rigorous codes of social etiquette. What you did, what you wore and who you did it with and what you did it in were subject to scrutiny. The architectural landscape of domestic spaces within country houses was designed to facilitate the rituals of elite social practice. Furniture and objects in silver, porcelain and pottery were designed and used to facilitate these social rituals Beds and bedrooms where people were made, born and died have a particularly rich social history of their own.

The next exhibition at Temple Newsam tells the stories of beds and bedrooms in Britain between 1650 and 1850. However, one exhibition isn't enough to cover such a great subject. There are just too many stories to tell.
So, between June 21st and 22nd we are holding a conference which is explores, the social history, material culture, conservation and interpretation of beds and bedrooms. This has all been done in colloboration with The University of Leeds Museum Studies department. They have a pretty decent blog too.

To find out more and to book yourself a place email:

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