A family at home. A woodcut from 1612.
Families and households are central to our understanding of past and present societies, whether we are examining population change, economy, health, gender roles, or social relationships.
This website introduces the methods and findings of a research project focused on family and household in London in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a period of great social and economic transformation.
The project, 'People in Place; families, households and housing in early modern London, 1550-1720' was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (APN 16429) and ran from October 2003 to November 2006. The same team worked on a successor research project, 'Housing environments and health in London, 1550-1750', funded by the Wellcome Trust for the History of Medicine, from 2006 to 2008, and is now undertaking a third project, 'Life in the suburbs: health, domesticity and status in early modern London', funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
On this site you will find a brief account of the 'People in Place' project and discussion of its key findings, access to published and unpublished papers and reports, and links to sites where the project's data are archived.