Jane Hamlett

Jane teaches in the History Department at Royal Holloway University of London. She specialises in modern British social and cultural history, and especially the history of women and gender, intimacy and the family, and the material world. She likes seeing how her findings can be made sense of in museums, and in 2008 she co-curated ‘Choosing the Chintz: Men, Women and Furnishing the Home from 1850 to the Present,’ a major exhibition at the Geffrye Museum.

At the moment she is working on a book based on the At Home in the Institution Project that looks at how schools, lodging houses and lunatic asylums were arranged and decorated in the nineteenth and early twentieth century and what this meant for the people who lived inside them.

With project team members Lesley Preston and Rebecca Hoskins, Jane has worked closely with London Metropolitan Archives and Surrey History Centre to deliver public talks and online essays on Lodging in Victorian and Edwardian London and the Material Worlds of Lunatic Asylums. The team also created a small exhibition, ‘Living Away from Home’ which was displayed at Surrey History Centre in early 2012, and is now part of the Exploring Surrey’s Past website. See more of our team’s research online here At Home in the Institution.

As Research Officer on the AHRC Reconstructing Consumer Landscapes Project, Jane spoke on BBC Radio Five, Radio Humberside, Radio Gloucester and Radio Suffolk, as well as writing for the local press, Local History Magazine and History and Policy. Press for Choosing the Chintz included features in The Times, The Guardian and Time Out.

More recently she has appeared on BBC One’s Heir Hunters, and has been quoted in the Huffington Post and the Times Online. Hear her talking about her new research on Victorian public schools for boys on BBC History Magazine’s Podcasts.

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