LIKE A WELL OILED MACHINE: HOW TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMED THE COUNTRY HOUSE

Ian West, Wednesday 14th April 2021 at 7:00pm .on ZOOM

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The first in the new FCELH Lecture Programme will be held on Wednesday 14th April 2021. It will be held on ZOOM (link above) and the meeting will open at 6.45pm with the lecture starting at 7.00pm. It will last for approximately 30-40 minutes and will be followed by questions and the meeting will close about 8.00pm. It will also be a free event.

From the end of the 18th century, many different innovations combined to make life in country houses more comfortable for their owners and guests, and less arduous for their servants. Dr Ian West of the University of Leicester has been researching the development of domestic technology for many years, along with his colleague Professor Marilyn Palmer, and the results of this work were published in a book by Historic England in 2016. His talk will show how the domestic comforts we now take for granted were pioneered in the homes of the wealthy, and how this influenced both the development of the country house and the lives of the people who lived and worked in them.

Ian West is a chartered engineer who worked for 30 years in the British gas industry before leaving to study for a Masters degree in Industrial Archaeology at the University of Birmingham’s Ironbridge Institute. He followed this with a PhD from the University of Leicester, researching lighting in early factories. He has written several articles and book chapters on the archaeology industrialisation and is currently co-editor of the journal Industrial Archaeology Review. Since 2009, he has worked with Professor Marilyn Palmer on a project, based at the University of Leicester, studying the impact of domestic technology on country houses.