El viaje de las tijeras
Qué sonidos habitan una casa. Cuál es el sonido de un hogar. Cómo se entremezcla con el recuerdo de lo que una vez fue ‘casa’. Cuando deja de ser un lugar concreto, la idea del hogar se convierte en un conjunto heterogéneo de recuerdos, llenos de sonidos, olores, recuerdos táctiles, colores de los tejidos que vivían en casa, la ropa en la…Continue reading
Jane Austen’s House – an emotional response￼
Jane Austen’s House can serve to illustrate how special a collection that is held within a heritage site can be, when that site was the home of a key figure connected to the collection. Ideas around the importance of emotions and feelings, such as nostalgia and idolatry, connected to heritage and history are really present in this historic house which, in a…Continue reading
International Women’s Day
Can’t wait to visit these exhibitions!! (online for now, which can be a wonderful way to keep our passion going). To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, I join the conversation with a list of (online and upcoming) exhibitions about and/or by women. I cannot wait to visit physically our museums, galleries, historic houses, and in general any cultural institution. We need to…Continue reading
Textile tokens from the Foundling Museum: objects full of feelings.
I have been lucky to visit The Foundling Museum in 2019 and 2020. It has become a favourite of mine; in this short article I try to explain some of the reasons why this museum and its very one of a kind textile collection, stays in my heart. The museum opened in 2004, as the legacy of what was originally the Foundling…Continue reading
Spanish farthingale in the 17th Century: Women’s bodies controlled through fashion
The Guardainfante was a type of farthingale, which developed through time from a bell shape to a huge rectangular shape, which could remind us of the 18th Century Mantuas from France and England. The Spanish word “Guardainfante” can be translated as “hide the infant”. This hanging structure for the skirt would act as an extremely rigid armour that would limit the movements…Continue reading
Section focused on Material History, mostly my love for objects and the way they can tell so many stories; Museum and gallery walks (or from home!) will be included.Continue reading
About the blog
Welcome to historyDelights blog! Hi, I am Laura M. Mateu, a History graduate (2008); visiting postgrad at ‘Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico’ (Cultural Anthropology); Qualified Teacher in England & Wales (major in History-Geography; vocational training and MFL); and currently a part-time master’s student at University of Leicester, Heritage and Interpretation. I am based in Lancashire, England; although originally from Madrid. After living…Continue reading
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