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Women and the Making of Built Space in England, 1870-1950

Author/EditorDarling, Elizabeth; Whitworth, Lesley [e (Author)
Whitworth, Lesley (Author)
ISBN: 9780754651857
Pub Date28/08/2007
BindingHardback
Pages232
Dimensions (mm)234(h) * 156(w)
Explores the relationships between women and built space in England between the 1870s and the 1940s. This collection features historians working in cultural, literary, architectural, urban, design, labour, and social history approach the topic through case studies of often neglected organisations, individuals, practices and initiatives.
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This interdisciplinary collection explores the relationships between women and built space in England between the 1870s and the 1940s. Historians working in cultural, literary, architectural, urban, design, labour, and social history approach the topic through case studies of often neglected organisations, individuals, practices and initiatives. Included are East End rent collectors, tenants, diarists and correspondents, the All-Europe House, the Women's Co-operative Guild, the Housewives Committee of the Council of Industrial Design, provincial and metropolitan exhibitors, and activists of varying kinds. Moving beyond the study of buildings and their designers, the volume considers the making of space in its broadest sense, from the production of discourses to the consumption of domestic appliances and the performance of roles as diverse as social reformers, committee members and homemakers. It thereby demonstrates that women made a significant contribution to the creation of modern built environments in both public and private spheres.

This interdisciplinary collection explores the relationships between women and built space in England between the 1870s and the 1940s. Historians working in cultural, literary, architectural, urban, design, labour, and social history approach the topic through case studies of often neglected organisations, individuals, practices and initiatives. Included are East End rent collectors, tenants, diarists and correspondents, the All-Europe House, the Women's Co-operative Guild, the Housewives Committee of the Council of Industrial Design, provincial and metropolitan exhibitors, and activists of varying kinds. Moving beyond the study of buildings and their designers, the volume considers the making of space in its broadest sense, from the production of discourses to the consumption of domestic appliances and the performance of roles as diverse as social reformers, committee members and homemakers. It thereby demonstrates that women made a significant contribution to the creation of modern built environments in both public and private spheres.

Elizabeth Darling is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History of Art, Oxford Brookes University, UK. Lesley Whitworth is Assistant Curator of the Design Archives, University of Brighton, UK, and Visiting Research Fellow in the Business History Unit, London School of Economics, UK.

Contents: Introduction: Making space and re-making history, Elizabeth Darling and Lesley Whitworth; Gender, citizenship and the making of the modern environment, Helen Meller; The Hill sisters: cultural philanthropy and the embellishment of lives in late-19th century England, Anne Anderson and Elizabeth Darling; 'A novelty among exhibitions': the loan exhibition of women's industries, Bristol, 1885, Emma Ferry; 'Everything whispers of wealth and luxury': observation, emulation and display in the well-to-do late-Victorian home, Trevor Keeble; Women rent collectors and the rewriting of space, class and gender in East London, 1870-1900, Ruth Livesey; Gendering the politics of the working woman's home, Karen Hunt; 'The house that is a woman's book come true': the all-Europe house and 4 women's spatial practices in inter-war England, Elizabeth Darling; 'Part-time practice as before': the career of Sadie Speight, architect, Jill Seddon; Workshops fit for homeworkers: the women's co-operative guild and housing reform in mid-20th-century Britain, Gillian Scott; The Housewives' Committee of the Council of Industrial Design: a brief episode of domestic reconnoitring, Lesley Whitworth; Bibliography; Index.

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