Amanda Vickery (Queen Mary)

5pm Thursday, 7 April 2011, Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Centre: ‘An Intimate History of Home’ 

‘Those who are incapable of relishing domestic happiness, can never be really happy at all’ (George Gibbs, Exeter Doctor, 1777 )

Are the struggles of family life less important than the history of parliament?  Eighteenth-century letters collected in Somerset archives pose this very question, thinking through the relative importance of the public and private domain to the lives of ordinary men and women.  Using these archives of Georgian letters, I demonstrate the connections between home and public life, revealing their mutual dependence.

This lecture will be accompanied by a post-graduate masterclass (see below)Amanda Vickery is Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London.  Her books include Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (Yale, 2009), Women, Privilege and Power: British Politics 1750 to the Present (Stanford, 2001) & The Gentleman’s Daughter: Women’s Lives in Georgian England (Yale, 1998). Amanda writes and presents history and arts documentary for BBC Radio 4 and BBC2.  She reviews for the TLS, LRB and the Guardian.  She is a past winner of the Wolfson, the Whitfield and the Longman-History Today Prize.

All welcome.

CIDRA Masterclasses: Each of the lecturers in the CIDRA Public Lecture Series will take part in accompanying masterclasses.  All MA, PhD and Postdoctoral fellows welcome.

Amanda Vickery Masterclass 
2-4pm, Thursday,  7 April 2011
University Place Room 6.208
with Carol Smart (Sociology, Morgan Centre) and Hannah Barker (History)
The readings are: 
Amandy Vickery, ‘A Sex in Things’, in  
Behind Closed Doors.
Mimi Helman, ‘Furniture, Sociability and the Work of Leisure in Eighteenth Century France’, 
Eighteenth Century Studies 32:4 (1999), p. 415-445. Advanced booking is not required. Readings available from: or from the CIDRA website or SAGE blog.