The Fellowship is intended to support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences. The awards allow recipients time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments to devote to the completion of a major piece of research. The Academy also places emphasis on applicants' evidence of a commitment to public engagement with and communication of the results of the research during the period of the Fellowship.Deborah's research, titled 'Ideal' Homes: Design, Architecture and Suburban Modernity in England, 1908-2014, to be published by Manchester University Press, explores the architecture, design and decoration of the ‘ideal' home. It draws on and extends Deborah's research on the Ideal Home Show, which resulted in her doctorate (1995), a monograph (1997) and Design Museum exhibition ‘Ideal Homes' (1993). Deborah says, “Founded in 1908, the Ideal Home Show is the oldest and longest continuously running commercial exhibition aimed at the public in the world. Its history gives an unrivaled insight into the public's taste in architecture, design and all matters that make a house a home.”
Deborah’s research on the Ideal Home Show will result in a revised version of her book on the Ideal Home Show, updated to include a discussion of the representation of the sustainable home in the 2000s. She is also writing a book on the inter-war home for Manchester University Press. Both books will be published in 2014.
Deborah is also working on a funding bid to build a 'house of the future' at the show. This has been a significant feature in the show's history, most notably with houses by RA Duncan and S Rowland Pierce's in 1928; Wells Coates and David Pleydell Bouverie's Sunspan House in 1934; Alison & Peter Smithson in 1956 and Nigel Coates' Oyster House in 1998. Deborah is planning to meet with a group of leading academics in design, architecture, geography, anthropology and energy policy at the show this year as a first step.
Deborah has given several talks this year on her research (which you can find detailed on her academia page).
She has also been commissioned by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to write entries on two people associated with the history of the show:
1. Thomas Wareham Smith (1874-1938): advertising director of the Daily Mail, who founded the Ideal Home Exhibition in 1908.
2. Nancie Clifton Reynolds (1903-1931) [real name Agnes Margaret Warden Hardie], Girton graduate and expert on housework who demonstrated labour-saving appliances at the Ideal Home Exhibition, organised other women demonstrators, and wrote articles in the catalogue.
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