Amanda Vickery - A History Of Private Life

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01The Bed2009092820170123 (BBC7)
20170124 (BBC7)
The hidden history of home, starting with the very heart of private life - the marital bed

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

02Things That Go Bump In The Night2009092920170124 (BBC7)
20170125 (BBC7)
How the home protected from dark forces outside.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

03The State In Miniature2009093020170125 (BBC7)
20170126 (BBC7)
The home as a microcosm of social order.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

04The Closet2009100120170126 (BBC7)
20170127 (BBC7)
The closet - a place for prayer, music and safety.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

05Every Man's Home Is His Castle2009100220170127 (BBC7)
20170128 (BBC7)
Elaborate rituals of locking up at night protected the house from burglars.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

06All My Life Is A Struggle With Dirt2009100520170130 (BBC7)
20170131 (BBC7)
Women's struggle to clean and care for their families in a household moral mission.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

07Pots And Pans2009100620170201 (BBC7)
20170131 (BBC7)
What do letters and diaries tell us about running the home in the 16th and 17th centuries?

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

What do letters and diaries tell us about running the home in the 16th and 17th centuries?

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

08Kitchen Physic2009100720170202 (BBC7)
20170201 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

From rabies to madness and piles, the housewives of the past were expected to concoct medicines which would cure any condition.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Historian Amanda reveals housewives were once expected to concoct cure-all medicines.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

From rabies to madness and piles, the housewives of the past were expected to concoct medicines which would cure any condition.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Historian Amanda reveals housewives were once expected to concoct cure-all medicines.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

09Ornamenting The Home2009100520170203 (BBC7)
20170202 (BBC7)
Sewing was a housewife's duty and also acted as valuable therapy.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Sewing was a housewife's duty and also acted as valuable therapy.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

10Mistress And Servants2009100920170204 (BBC7)
20170203 (BBC7)
The perils of running a house in Lancashire with unreliable servants.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

The perils of running a house in Lancashire with unreliable servants.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

11Tea2009101220170207 (BBC7)
20170206 (BBC7)
Thanks to the introduction of tea, even people who were not rich could afford to entertain

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Thanks to the introduction of tea, even people who were not rich could afford to entertain

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

12Domestic Harmony2009101320170208 (BBC7)
20170207 (BBC7)
The importance of music-making at home, and the chances it created for finding a partner.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

The importance of music-making at home, and the chances it created for finding a partner.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

13Men At Home2009101420170209 (BBC7)
20170208 (BBC7)
The stories of family 'black sheep'. Not everyone adhered to polite etiquette.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

The stories of family 'black sheep'. Not everyone adhered to polite etiquette.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

14Illicit Guests2009101520170210 (BBC7)
20170209 (BBC7)
Stories from adultery cases involving women sneaking lovers into the house.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Stories from adultery cases involving women sneaking lovers into the house.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

15Domestic Violence2009101220170211 (BBC7)
20170210 (BBC7)
Amanda Vickery reveals the dark side of private life, and how the home became a trap.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Amanda Vickery reveals the dark side of private life, and how the home became a trap.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

16Servants2009101920170214 (BBC7)
20170213 (BBC7)
Amanda Vickery goes below stairs to find out about domestic workers in a household.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Amanda Vickery goes below stairs to find out about domestic workers in a household.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

17Bachelors2009102020170215 (BBC7)
20170214 (BBC7)
The complicated arrangements that limited a man's search for a suitable wife.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

The complicated arrangements that limited a man's search for a suitable wife.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

18Spinsters2009102120170216 (BBC7)
20170215 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

When we think of the history of home, the cosy experiences of the nuclear family spring easiest to mind. But what of those who had no family or home of their own?

Probably as many as one in five women never married in 18th-century England. What about their story? What did the comforts of home mean for them? Prof Vickery tells the story of one admirable and disabled spinster, whose letters she discovered in a record office in Reading.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

What 18th-century home life held for spinsters. As many as one in five women never married

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

When we think of the history of home, the cosy experiences of the nuclear family spring easiest to mind. But what of those who had no family or home of their own?

Probably as many as one in five women never married in 18th-century England. What about their story? What did the comforts of home mean for them? Prof Vickery tells the story of one admirable and disabled spinster, whose letters she discovered in a record office in Reading.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

What 18th-century home life held for spinsters. As many as one in five women never married

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

19Widows2009102220170217 (BBC7)
20170216 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

When we think of the history of home, the cosy experiences of the nuclear family spring easiest to mind. But what of those who had no family or home of their own?

Widows had enormous status and power in the 18th century. And for some women, the death of a spouse was a fairytale release. This programme tells the story of the richest widow in England, Elizabeth Montagu, and how she spent her late husband's coal fortune.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

How the richest widow in 18th-century England spent her late husband's coal fortune.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

When we think of the history of home, the cosy experiences of the nuclear family spring easiest to mind. But what of those who had no family or home of their own?

Widows had enormous status and power in the 18th century. And for some women, the death of a spouse was a fairytale release. This programme tells the story of the richest widow in England, Elizabeth Montagu, and how she spent her late husband's coal fortune.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

How the richest widow in 18th-century England spent her late husband's coal fortune.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

20Two Widowers2009102320170218 (BBC7)
20170217 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

When we think of the history of home, the cosy experiences of the nuclear family spring easiest to mind. But what of those who had no family or home of their own?

The story of two different widowers and their desperate search for a new wife, based on original material from two unusual sets of diaries which Prof Vickery found in Lincoln.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

The story of two different widowers and their desperate search for a new wife.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

21Magnificence2009102620170220 (BBC7)
20170221 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

These days we take it for granted that the home is a place of refuge in which we express our true self; that idea was an invention of the 18th century. Prof Vickery explores the invention of taste, and the role of interior decor in creating both social prestige and a successful marriage.

The story of a celebrity divorce - a huge scandal, because the husband was the prime minister. The question then, as now, was what was the woman going to walk away with?

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

One celebrity divorce was quite the scandal, because the husband was the prime minister.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

22Taste2009102720170222 (BBC7)
20170221 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

These days we take it for granted that the home is a place of refuge in which we express our true self; that idea was an invention of the 18th century. Prof Vickery explores the invention of taste, and the role of interior decor in creating both social prestige and a successful marriage.

Taste - and the making of a marriage. The story of an 18th-century couple, the Graftons - fashionable, rich, and deeply in love - who spend life together doing up their magnificent houses.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

The story of an 18th-century couple who spend life doing up their magnificent houses.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

These days we take it for granted that the home is a place of refuge in which we express our true self; that idea was an invention of the 18th century. Prof Vickery explores the invention of taste, and the role of interior decor in creating both social prestige and a successful marriage.

Taste - and the making of a marriage. The story of an 18th-century couple, the Graftons - fashionable, rich, and deeply in love - who spend life together doing up their magnificent houses.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

The story of an 18th-century couple who spend life doing up their magnificent houses.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

23Science And Nature At Home2009102820170223 (BBC7)
20170222 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

These days we take it for granted that the home is a place of refuge in which we express our true self; that idea was an invention of the 18th century. Prof Vickery explores the invention of taste, and the role of interior decor in creating both social prestige and a successful marriage.

A room constructed entirely of feathers, a hermitage in the garden of a Lincolnshire vicarage, Alexander Pope's grotto - how eccentric homes reflected wider 18th-century ideas about science and nature.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

How eccentric homes reflected wider 18th-century ideas about science and nature.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

These days we take it for granted that the home is a place of refuge in which we express our true self; that idea was an invention of the 18th century. Prof Vickery explores the invention of taste, and the role of interior decor in creating both social prestige and a successful marriage.

A room constructed entirely of feathers, a hermitage in the garden of a Lincolnshire vicarage, Alexander Pope's grotto - how eccentric homes reflected wider 18th-century ideas about science and nature.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

How eccentric homes reflected wider 18th-century ideas about science and nature.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

24Courtship And Setting Up Home2009102920170224 (BBC7)
20170223 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

These days we take it for granted that the home is a place of refuge in which we express our true self; that idea was an invention of the 18th century. Prof Vickery explores the invention of taste, and the role of interior decor in creating both social prestige and a successful marriage.

The story of two 18th-century marriages and how the husbands prepared new houses for their bride. One got it right, the other destroyed any chance of a happy partnership.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Two 18th-century marriages, and how the husbands prepared new houses for their bride.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

These days we take it for granted that the home is a place of refuge in which we express our true self; that idea was an invention of the 18th century. Prof Vickery explores the invention of taste, and the role of interior decor in creating both social prestige and a successful marriage.

The story of two 18th-century marriages and how the husbands prepared new houses for their bride. One got it right, the other destroyed any chance of a happy partnership.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Two 18th-century marriages, and how the husbands prepared new houses for their bride.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

25Neat And Not Too Showy2009103020170224 (BBC7)
20170225 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

These days we take it for granted that the home is a place of refuge in which we express our true self; that idea was an invention of the 18th century. Prof Vickery explores the invention of taste, and the role of interior decor in creating both social prestige and a successful marriage.

Moving into the 19th century, Prof Vickery explores the homes of people lower down the social scale and their ideas about how they wanted them to look. She draws on a series of funny and revealing letters which she discovered in the archive of a wallpaper company.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

How people lower down the social scale responded to the idea of taste.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

26Education In The Moral Home2009110220170228 (BBC7)
20170227 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

Homes were exposed to huge forces of change in the 19th and 20th century, responding to industrialisation, pollution, and the imperial mission. Prof Vickery explores how they remained idealised havens in a heartless, dirty world.

Until the late-19th century, home was the only schoolroom many British children were to experience, especially if they were girls. But was domestic education really so inferior to formal schooling? Drawing on diaries she has discovered, Prof Vickery explores home education from the perspective of both mother and child.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Amanda Vickery assesses 19th-century learning at home through both mother and child.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

Homes were exposed to huge forces of change in the 19th and 20th century, responding to industrialisation, pollution, and the imperial mission. Prof Vickery explores how they remained idealised havens in a heartless, dirty world.

Until the late-19th century, home was the only schoolroom many British children were to experience, especially if they were girls. But was domestic education really so inferior to formal schooling? Drawing on diaries she has discovered, Prof Vickery explores home education from the perspective of both mother and child.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Amanda Vickery assesses 19th-century learning at home through both mother and child.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

27The Garden Indoors2009110320170228 (BBC7)
20170301 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

Homes were exposed to huge forces of change in the 19th and 20th century, responding to industrialisation, pollution and the imperial mission. Prof Vickery explores how they remained idealised havens in a heartless, dirty world.

By the mid-19th century, the majority of the British population lived in filthy polluted towns. Yet the Victorians contrived increasingly ingenious ways to domesticate nature, capturing ferns and sea anemones under glass in their parlours.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

The Victorians contrived increasingly ingenious ways to domesticate nature.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

28Exporting The Home2009110420170301 (BBC7)
20170302 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

Homes were exposed to huge forces of change in the 19th and 20th century, responding to industrialisation, pollution and the imperial mission. Prof Vickery explores how they remained idealised havens in a heartless, dirty world.

Prof Vickery explores the kind of homes the British struggled to create in India, using the diaries and letters of colonial settlers.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Exploring the homes the British struggled to create in India during the age of empire.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

29Dunroamin2009110520170302 (BBC7)
20170303 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

Homes were exposed to huge forces of change in the 19th and 20th century, responding to industrialisation, pollution and the imperial mission. Prof Vickery explores how they remained idealised havens in a heartless, dirty world.

The roots of the suburb lie very deep; but for snobs and bohemians, the adjective 'suburban' has always been the ultimate put-down. Prof Vickery listens to the experiences of those who moved there.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Historian Amanda Vickery listens to the experiences of those who moved out of the cities.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

30Alternative Homes2009110620170303 (BBC7)
20170304 (BBC7)
Historian Amanda Vickery presents a series which reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. She draws on first-hand accounts from letters and diaries, many of which have never been heard before. Including songs which have been specially recorded for the series.

Homes were exposed to huge forces of change in the 19th and 20th century, responding to industrialisation, pollution, and the imperial mission. Prof Vickery explores how they remained idealised havens in a heartless, dirty world.

'Home means a place to go to when you are in trouble. A place sadly altered by war. A place to glorify when away and rely on always...' So reported one woman to the Mass Observation survey. Prof Vickery explores the enduring pull of a home of one's own.

Readers: Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Madeleine Brolly and Simon Tcherniak.

Singers: Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie, with David Owen Norris at the keyboard.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Historian Amanda Vickery reflects on the enduring pull of a home of one's own.

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years