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Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan: Houses Through Time

From ‘ideal’ homes to real homes 14th May

Please note that this event has been rescheduled due to the Coronavirus outbreak, please click here for more information.

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.


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