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Rooms Through Time

See some of the ways in which homes and home life have evolved in the past 400 years.

The main living space of the home has been many things – a bustling hall, a formal parlour, a cosy living room.

Our Rooms Through Time are based on real London homes and their owners would have had enough money to decorate and live comfortably.


1970s front room

There's 'Saturday Soup' for dinner as everyone has been doing their chores to clean up the front room.

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A parlour in 1870

Anne and Daniel have invited a professional medium to hold a séance for their close friends.

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Our other Rooms Through Time

A hall in 1630

All of the household, including servants, will sit down to eat together.

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A parlour in 1695

The family are proud to host their guests in their smart new room.

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A parlour in 1745

The mistress is expecting guests round for tea and she wants the parlour to be sparkling clean.

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A parlour in 1790

Everyone is full from dinner, and they have settled down to play cards.

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A drawing room in 1830

The eldest daughter is practising her watercolours, while the younger daughter is writing a letter to her cousin.

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A drawing room in 1915

Mother and daughter are knitting socks to send to soldiers at the Front to keep them warm.

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A living room in 1937

A maid is coming to collect the resident's half-eaten meal and dust the room.

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Loft-style apartment 1998

The couple who own this apartment have friends over for drinks after work.

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Domestic Game Changers

These everyday objects might not look very special, but they have had a huge impact on our home lives.

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Homes Through Time Redux

We are conducting new research and sourcing new stories and perspectives.

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