V&A/RCA History of Design Research Seminar: Dr Sorcha O'Brien

9 March 2017 | 5pm


 Dr Sorcha O'Brien (Kingston University) presents 'Electric Irish Homes: Researching Housewives, Electrical Products and Domesticity in 1950s and 1960s Rural Ireland'.

Much of rural Ireland only received access to electrical power after World War Two, as the Electricity Supply Board’s rural electrification project expanded the national grid, allowing many rural households to purchase electrical products for the first time. This work-in-progress seminar will look at the way in which these domestic electrical products were imported, sold and used in 1950s and 1960s Ireland, particularly looking at the use of community-based oral history research as a complement to archival research.

The V&A/RCA History of Design Research Seminar Series provides a forum for engaging with new thinking in the history of design and material culture, including cutting-edge research in related fields such as anthropology, economic history, the history of art and architecture, medical humanities and the history of science and technology Seminars take place on throughout the academic year and are open to all with an interest in the field. Although places are free and booking is not required, you are advised to arrive early, as space is strictly limited. Please direct any queries to