An exciting call for papers. LETTERS: MAKING AND MEANINGS  27 June 2014, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London Abstracts are invited for twenty-minute papers for the workshop Letters: Making and Meanings, 1700-present day. The workshop explores how the physical process of creating a letter could build meaning as significant as the words themselves. Letters: Making and Meanings engages with […]

Sarah Fox is currently studying for an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Manchester. Her research examines the experience of childbirth at all levels of society throughout the eighteenth century. Follow her on Twitter @foxvshedgehog Breastfeeding a newborn child is one of the most emotionally charged periods within the female lifecycle. Think of the recent twitter storm […]

Selected Emotional Objects podcasts are now online http://www.history.ac.uk/podcasts/emotional-objects-touching-emotions-europe-1600-1900 We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the speakers again for a wonderful conference.

Elizabeth Hopkinson is a fiction writer from Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK.  She has had over 40 short stories and articles in magazines, webzines and anthologies, a historical fantasy novel – Silver Hands – from Top Hat Books, and has won prizes in the James White Award, the Jane Austen Short Story Award and the Mifiction […]

Emotional Objects Archive This is the first in a new series of guest posts aiming to create an  ‘archive’ of emotional objects in history. If you would like to contribute with a short post (up to 1,000 words) exploring the emotional dimensions of a particular object, or perhaps an encounter with an object in an archive or museum, please email […]

Emotional Objects: Touching Emotions in Europe 1600-1900 Institute of Historical Research, 11th-12th October 2013 Sally Holloway The Emotional Objects conference aimed to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to discuss what historians can learn about emotions in history using material culture. Many of our speakers were curators, joining us from the V&A […]

The keynote speaker at the Emotional Objects conference, Professor John Styles, has kindly shared the full text of his lecture from 11th October 2013, which is reproduced below. The conference was supported by his five-year ERC-funded research project Spinning in the Era of the Spinning Wheel, 1400-1800. ‘Objects and Emotions: The London Foundling Hospital Tokens, 1741-1760’ […]