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Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan: Houses Through Time

From ‘ideal’ homes to real homes 17th September

Tickets: £12.50, £11.50 concessions

If you live in a house for which you are not the first occupant, you often come across traces of décor and changes made by the previous residents. This might take the form of layers of wallpaper, a bricked up fireplace, rooms partitioned to accommodate a bathroom or an extension built to accommodate a new kitchen. Who lived in your house? How would the house have looked to its different residents through time?


This illustrated talk takes you behind the scenes of BBC Two’s A House Through Time and also discusses how to do house history.


Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan is a historian, author and broadcaster. A former V&A curator, she is a specialist in the history of housing, interiors, products and everyday life. Deborah is Professor of Design History and Theory at University of Portsmouth and a presenter and series consultant for BBC Two’s A House Through Time. Her most recent book Ideal Homes: Uncovering the History and Design of the Interwar House, with a new introduction on researching your house history, will be available for purchase.


This event was originally meant to take place on Thursday 14 May 2020  and was rescheduled as a result of the coronavirus. Tickets for the previous performance remain valid. If you're unable to join us on the new date please contact the box office before 31 August 2020 to arrange a refund or credit note.


17th September 7:30pm
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