Descriptions and reconstructions of houses can illuminate other histories and provide a sense of the relationships between people and places. Edwardian architecture in particular provides a fascinating commentary on broader historical themes - not only in its use of style and its remodelling of old buildings but also in the range of new activities it provided for, from 'servantless' country and seaside cottages to motor houses, gardens and hobbies rooms.
Looking at the furnishing and operation of these houses enables lost spaces to be re-established in the mind, and offers insights into the tools and methodologies of historians.
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