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Dr Vicky Holmes

Sleeping with the Victorians

Friday, 23 September 2016, 18:30

This lecture is held in partnership with FOSRO which will incorporate an update on The Hold project.

In this lecture, Vicky Holmes explores the life-cycle of the bed in the working-class homes of Ipswich and the surrounding area. Using coroners’ inquests (both the original records and the local newspaper reports) to gain unprecedented access to the sleeping spaces of these homes, this lecture reveals where and with whom people slept at different stages of their life.

FOSRO will be holding their AGM at University of Suffolk from 17:30



Vicky Holmes, a former graduate of the University of Essex, is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London. Having explored the domestic dangers lurking in Suffolk’s working-class homes for her PhD, her research has moved on to focus on the nocturnal domestic lives of the inhabitants in these homes. Her recent work has included an article on the domestic arrangements of lodgers in Ipswich, published in the Journal of Victorian Culture. Her book, Sleeping with the Victorians: The Life-cycle of Beds in the Working-Class Home, is to be published with Palgrave Pivot 2017.