Hearth and home
- Date: Wednesday, 5 July, 2017
12.15pm to 1.00pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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Reconstructing the rural kitchen, ca.1840–1940
How do we capture the flurry of activity, the frenetic movement of people and goods, the routines and ruptures that shape individuals’ everyday experiences and the spaces in which they live? How do we write a history of domestic space, and what are the benefits of such an endeavour for the social or cultural historian?
Reflecting on her recently completed doctoral research, Katie Cooper will address these questions, offering a peek through the window of New Zealand’s rural kitchens. The kitchen was the confluence point for a web of social relations that stretched across and connected distant places, but it was also a space in which intimate personal relationships could be built and broken. As such, it is the perfect vantage point from which to examine the overarching structures of rural life, while also capturing the diversity of individual experiences.
About the speaker
Dr Katie Cooper is curator of colonial histories at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Her doctoral research, completed in 2016, examined the history of rural New Zealand to 1940, focusing on rural foodways and the kitchen as a functional and social space in rural homes.
About these talks
These public history talks are a collaboration between the National Library of New Zealand and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
Thanks to this partnership we’re are able to record the talks and make them available online for anyone who misses out or who wants to listen again.
John Pascoe, Dinner time, Manuka Point Station, 1943. Ref: 1/4-045899-F.