iPlayer Radio What's New?

Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life Episode guide

  1. Alternative Homes

    30/30 Historian Amanda Vickery reflects on the enduring pull of a home of one's own.

    First broadcast: 06 Nov 2009

    Image for Alternative Homes Not currently available
  2. Dunroamin

    29/30 Prof Vickery listens to the experiences of those who moved to the suburbs.

    First broadcast: 05 Nov 2009

    Image for Dunroamin Not currently available
  3. Exporting the Home

    28/30 Prof Vickery explores the kind of homes the British struggled to create in India.

    First broadcast: 04 Nov 2009

    Image for Exporting the Home Not currently available
  4. The Garden Indoors

    27/30 The Victorians contrived increasingly ingenious ways to domesticate nature.

    First broadcast: 03 Nov 2009

    Image for The Garden Indoors Not currently available
  5. Education in the Moral Home

    26/30 Prof Vickery explores home education from the perspective of mother and child.

    First broadcast: 02 Nov 2009

    Image for Education in the Moral Home Not currently available
  6. Neat and Not too Showy

    25/30 How people lower down the social scale responded to the idea of taste.

    First broadcast: 30 Oct 2009

    Image for Neat and Not too Showy Not currently available
  7. Courtship and Setting Up Home

    24/30 Two 18th-century marriages, and how the husbands prepared new houses for their bride.

    First broadcast: 29 Oct 2009

    Image for Courtship and Setting Up Home Not currently available
  8. Science and Nature at Home

    23/30 How eccentric homes reflected wider 18th-century ideas about science and nature.

    First broadcast: 28 Oct 2009

    Image for Science and Nature at Home Not currently available
  9. Taste

    22/30 The story of an 18th-century couple who spend life doing up their magnificent houses.

    First broadcast: 27 Oct 2009

    Image for Taste Not currently available
  10. Magnificence

    21/30 One celebrity divorce was quite the scandal, because the husband was the prime minister.

    First broadcast: 26 Oct 2009

    Image for Magnificence Not currently available
  11. Two Widowers

    20/30 The story of two different widowers and their desperate search for a new wife.

    First broadcast: 23 Oct 2009

    Image for Two Widowers Not currently available
  12. Widows

    19/30 How the richest widow in 18th-century England spent her late husband's coal fortune.

    First broadcast: 22 Oct 2009

    Image for Widows This episode will be available soon
  13. Spinsters

    18/30 What 18th-century home life held for spinsters. As many as one in five women never married

    First broadcast: 21 Oct 2009

    Image for Spinsters This episode will be available soon
  14. Bachelors

    17/30 The complicated arrangements that limited a man's search for a suitable wife.

    First broadcast: 20 Oct 2009

    Image for Bachelors This episode will be available soon
  15. Servants

    16/30 Amanda Vickery goes below stairs to find out about domestic workers in a household.

    First broadcast: 19 Oct 2009

    Image for Servants This episode will be available soon
  16. Domestic Violence

    15/30 Amanda Vickery reveals the dark side of private life, and how the home became a trap.

    First broadcast: 16 Oct 2009

    Image for Domestic Violence This episode will be available soon
  17. Illicit Guests

    14/30 Stories from adultery cases about women sneaking lovers into the house.

    First broadcast: 15 Oct 2009

    Image for Illicit Guests This episode will be available soon
  18. Men at Home

    13/30 The stories of family 'black sheep'. Not everyone adhered to polite etiquette.

    First broadcast: 14 Oct 2009

    Image for Men at Home This episode will be available soon
  19. Domestic Harmony

    12/30 The importance of music-making at home, and the chances it created for finding a partner.

    First broadcast: 13 Oct 2009

    Image for Domestic Harmony This episode will be available soon
  20. Tea

    11/30 Thanks to the introduction of tea, even people who were not rich could afford to entertain

    First broadcast: 12 Oct 2009

    Image for Tea This episode will be available soon
  21. Mistress and Servants

    10/30 The perils of running a house in Lancashire with unreliable servants.

    First broadcast: 09 Oct 2009

    Image for Mistress and Servants This episode will be available soon
  22. Ornamenting the Home

    9/30 Sewing was a housewife's duty and also acted as valuable therapy.

    First broadcast: 08 Oct 2009

  23. Kitchen Physic

    8/30 Historian Amanda reveals housewives were once expected to concoct cure-all medicines.

    First broadcast: 07 Oct 2009

  24. Pots and Pans

    7/30 What do letters and diaries tell us about running the home in the 16th and 17th centuries?

    First broadcast: 06 Oct 2009

  25. All My Life Is a Struggle With Dirt

    6/30 Women's struggle to clean and care for their families in a household moral mission.

    First broadcast: 05 Oct 2009

  26. Every Man's Home Is His Castle

    5/30 Elaborate rituals of locking up at night protected the house from burglars.

    First broadcast: 02 Oct 2009

  27. The Closet

    4/30 The closet - a place for prayer, music and safety.

    First broadcast: 01 Oct 2009

  28. The State in Miniature

    3/30 The home as a microcosm of social order.

    First broadcast: 30 Sep 2009

  29. Things That Go Bump in the Night

    2/30 How the home protected from dark forces outside.

    First broadcast: 29 Sep 2009

  30. The Bed

    1/30 The hidden history of home, starting with the very heart of private life - the marital bed

    First broadcast: 28 Sep 2009

Copyright © 2014 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss