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Is working at home the key to equality for women?

Dr Helen McCarthy, Queen Mary University of London

Working Motherhood in Twentieth-Century Britain

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Drop into the British Academy on June 22-23 for our first Summer Showcase

Wander through our beautiful building to view 15 exhibits consisting of text panels, interactive elements and audio-visual displays created by the academics we fund. Meet our researchers, find out more about their projects and take part in hands-on activities.

Helen McCarthy’s exhibit explores motherhood and work in modern Britain

Double Lives: Working Motherhood in Twentieth-Century Britain


Today, over 4 million people in the UK – including many mothers – regularly work from home. These Four Walls, a collaboration between Helen McCarthy and Leonora Saunders, explores the different meanings of home-based work for women in Britain over the past century through an exciting fusion of portrait photography and cutting-edge historical research.

Helen McCarthy is Reader in Modern British History at Queen Mary University of London
Research Award: British Academy Mid-Career Fellow 2017-8

Leonora Saunders is a photographer and artist whose work focuses on exploring issues of diversity, especially gender and the representation of women at work.

Showcase opening times: Friday 22-Saturday 23 June,11am - 5pm

Late-night view: Friday 22nd June, 6.30-9pm  

Floor Plan:

You'll find this exhibit at Point 2 in the Lee Library on the Ground Floor. Download our programme to plan your visit.

Exhibit 2

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