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Melanie Backe-Hansen: House history: The secrets behind your front door

House historian, Melanie Backe-Hansen, is hosting a talk about her historical research and recent book ‘House Histories: Secrets behind your front door’.

Details: Eldon Building, room EW 1.11, Thursday 21 February, 6:00pm.

Britain’s leading house historian, Melanie Backe-Hansen, uncovers the hidden stories and secrets of ordinary and extraordinary houses across the country. Melanie will reveal fascinating (and often unexpected) stories of people and events she has uncovered in her work researching the history of houses, including a Cotswold house connected to Queen Elizabeth I and a Nottinghamshire house where Byron engaged in amateur dramatics. Melanie will cover the main sources to be used in researching the history of houses, while also providing top tips on how to research the history of your own home.

Melanie is an independent historian, writer, and speaker, specialising in the social history of houses. Melanie is the author of House Histories and Historic Streets and Squares and has been a consultant for BBC2’s A House Through Time. The main focus of Melanie’s work involves original research for home owners across the country to provide reports and house history books. Melanie is also a speaker and regular contributor in national media. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society, the Historical Writers’ Association, and is an honorary teaching fellow at the University of Dundee.

The lecture will be introduced by Prof Deborah Sugg Ryan (Professor of Design History and Theory, and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth). Deborah is the series consultant and appears in series 1 and 2 of BBC2’s A House Through Time.

Register onto the talk here.

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