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QMCECS Seminar: Sara Pennell, 16 Match 2016

March 10, 2016

All welcome!


Wednesday 16 March 2016

Sara Pennell (University of Greenwich)

Nothing of Importance ever happened in a Kitchen


Kitchens are often the Cinderella space in historic accounts of the domestic interior, architectural change and household organisation, although by 1800, most dwellings in England had a room which we would now recognise as a kitchen. Why have we been so neglectful of the room that magazines now laud as the ‘heart of the home’? In this paper, via imaginary kitchens, the ethics of fuel economy, the Georgian ‘bake-off’ renaissance, and belief-scapes centred on the cooking hearth, Sara Pennell explores the ways in which changing technologies, social relations and moralities in the kitchen were integral to constituting the very idea of ‘home’ by the early nineteenth century.

Dr Sara Pennell is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British History in the Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences at the University of Greenwich. She is the author of The Making of the English Kitchen, 1600-1850, published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2016, and the co-editor of Reading and Writing Recipe Books, 1500-1800 (2013) and Didactic Literature in England, 1500-1800: Expertise Constructed (2003).


Chair: Amanda Vickery


Time: 5.00-7.00pm.

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS

Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (; Prof Colin Jones, History (; Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (; Prof Amanda Vickery, History (, Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (

[Travel instructions: Central Line or District Line to Mile End. Exit tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, cross Burdett Road, go under the Mile End Green Bridge (a large yellow bridge), over the canal, and the college is on the left. The Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the third building on the right].

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