Dr Lucy Faire

Lucy FaireHonorary Visting Fellow

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I completed my PhD on working-class family life and the home in the Department of Economic and Social History at Leicester, now part of the School of Historical Studies.  I then moved to Nottingham University where I was a Research Associate in the Institute of Films Studies and this was followed by another post as a Research Associate in the Department of Geography at Loughborough University.  I have been a Honorary Fellow at the Centre since 2004 where I convene the MA module ‘Vices and Virtues’ and  I am involved in the Centre’s publicity and marketing.
I am also a Certificate Programme Co-ordinator for the Institute of Lifelong Learning at Leicester University’s Vaughan College where I direct the HE Certificate in Modern British History and teach on the BA in Humanites and Arts.


My main research area is family life and the home in the twentieth century. I am interested in the impact of class, generation and gender on: the uses of domestic space; time spent in the home; household goods and material culture; and family relationships. My other research interests include leisure practices, in particular cinema-going and the seaside holiday. The central concern of my work is to examine how people interact with their environment and with each other and, importantly, to analyse people's subjective views of this experience.

Current Research Projects

These include:
• activity, behaviour and appearance in amateur films (particularly seaside films) and the use of film by historians
• the changing uses and meanings of the twentieth century kitchen
• the impact of urban/industrial rhythms on domestic life, 1900-1960
I am also working with Dr Denise McHugh on behaviour in city centre streets in the middle decades of the twentieth century using films from the Medial Archive for Central England and oral histories from the East Midlands Oral History Archive.

Recent Publications


  1. Mark Jancovich and Lucy Faire with Sarah Stubbings, The Place of the Audience: Cultural Geographies of Film Consumption (London: British Film Institute, 2003).

Edited Books

  1. Simon Gunn and Lucy Faire (eds), Research Methods for History, Edinburgh University Press (Edinburgh 2011).

Articles and Chapters

  1. Morag Bell, Tim Brown and Lucy Faire, 'Germs, Genes and Postcolonial Geographies: Reading the Return of Tuberculosis to Leicester, UK', Cultural Geographies, 13 (2006), 577-599.
  2. Mark Jancovich and Lucy Faire, 'Eine fortschrittliche Stadt und ihre Kinos: Technologie, Moderne and das Spektekel de Reichtums', in Gertrud Koch, ed., Umwidmungen: architektonische und Kinematographische Räume, Vorwerk 8, 2005, 230-244.
  3. Mark Jancovich and Lucy Faire, 'The Best Place to See a Film: The Blockbuster, the Multiplex, and the Contexts of Consumption', in Julian Stringer, ed., Movie Blockbuster (London: Routledge, 2003).
  4. Phil Hubbard, Keith Lilley and Lucy Faire, 'Memorials to Modernity? Public Art in the "City of the Future"', Landscape Research, 28:2 (2003), 147-169.
  5. Phil Hubbard, Lucy Faire and Keith Lilley, 'Contesting the Modern City: Reconstruction and Everyday Life in Post-War Coventry', Planning Perspectives, 18 (2003), 377-397.
  6. Phil Hubbard, Keith Lilley and Lucy Faire, 'Remembering Post-War Reconstruction: Modernism and City Planning in Coventry, 1940-1962', Planning History, 24:2 (2002), 7-20.

Other Publications

‘Dressing for the Beach’, Unit 4.3 for the Open University Arts Foundation Course, AA100 (Milton Keynes: Open University, 2009).


'Inside/outside: Groeten Uit Stuivenberg' as a member of Studio Open Stad, ANTWERPEN '93 programme on architecture and urban planning


Postgraduate (School of Historical Studies)

  • HS7208 ‘Vices and Virtues: Behaving and Misbehaving in British Society 1850-1980’

Undergraduate (at Vaughan College in the Institute of Lifelong Learning)

  • ‘A History of Life and Death: Changes and Continuities in the Life Cycle, 1750-1980’ for the Certificate of Higher Education in British Modern History (with various tutors)
  • ‘Waiting for the Weekend: Leisure and Entertainment in British Society, 1880-1980’, for the Certificate of Higher Education in British Modern History
  • ‘A World Transformed: The British Economy and Society, 1750-1914’, for the Certificate of Higher Education in Modern British History (with various tutors)
  • ‘Histories of Things: Material Culture and the Practice of History’, for the part-time BA (Hons) in Humanities and Arts

I am also an Associate Lecturer for the Open University’s MA in History: Part 1


  • Publicity and Marketing for the Centre for Urban History
  • Director of the HE Certificate in Modern British History at Vaughan College

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