Dr Laurie Lindey

MA (RCA), PhD (Lon), Research Officer, British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO)

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Laurie Lindey is a Research Officer in the Centre for Metropolitan History working on the British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO) project. In October 2017 the project launched the BIFMO database, which currently comprises the 1986 publication of the Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 and London Joiners’ Company records, 1640-1720. BIFMO has now begun the second phase of the project which will see the revision and updating of the information taken from the Dictionary and new research which will expand the date range of the online resource to run from 1600 to 1900. Through a case study approach and by identifying key historical moments, two research strands will examine the occupational roles of women and minorities in the furniture trade in the nineteenth century and the migration of furniture makers across Ireland and the British Isles, 1600-1900.

Laurie’s principal research interests lie in the social, economic, and cultural history of London in the early modern period, with particular interest in the people, crafts and guilds associated with furniture making. She studied design history in the Royal College of Art before moving to the Institute of Historical Research to continue her research in the Centre for Metropolitan History. Her doctoral thesis was an examination of the London furniture trade in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, focusing on the relationship between London livery companies and the furniture industry, its tradesmen, their methods of manufacture and retail, and the spatial logic of the trade.

Research and publications

  • ‘Looking for Gerrit Jensen’, Journal of the Furniture History Society (co-authored with Adam Bowett), 53 (2017), 27-50.
  • ‘Thomas Warden (c. 1660 – 1701) and cane chair makers in the City of London’, Journal of the Furniture History Society, 52 (2016), 17-33.
  • ‘A Restoration London Cabinet and Looking Glass Maker: Edward Traherne, Journal of the Furniture History Society, 50 (2014), 17-36.
  • ‘Apprenticeship in the Joiners’ Company: 1640 – 1720’ Journal of the Regional Furniture Society, 22 (2008) 1-27.
  • ‘Labelled furniture from the White Swan workshop in St. Paul’s Churchyard (co-authored with Adam Bowett), 1711 – 1735’, Journal of the Furniture History Society, 39 (2003), 17- 98.

Research interests

  • Innovation and the transfer of skills in the early modern period
  • The roles of women and minorities in British urban manufacturing industries
  • The relationship between advertising and the consumer
  • The gendering of domestic interiors and relationship of gender and commerce