Beyond the home

Welcome to the website for Beyond the home: new histories of domestic servants, an international conference held at Oxford University on 7th and 8th September 2017. A conference report has now been published on the Past & Present Society website in which the organisers shared their thoughts on the conference and its impact.

They will soon be sharing plans for continuing the conversations started during the conference, so do get in touch if you’d like to know more. In the meantime, you’ll find more information about the conference speakers and papers in the conference programme and on the abstracts page.


Domestic service, in its various forms, has long provided one of the most significant sources of employment for men, women and children around the world. Existing studies have successfully explored the servant experience in their place of work, yet contributions made by servants outside the home – to social, cultural, economic and political life – have been little explored. The conference will be an opportunity to explore fresh perspectives on both the history of domestic service and its impact on society at a local and global level. The workshop will focus on developing our ideas around these themes with a view to publishing an edited collection of papers.

To find out more about the scope of the conference and the organisers‘ plans for next steps, please contact: or

Beyond the home: new histories of domestic servants was sponsored by the Oxford Centre for Global History and generously funded by the Oxford Faculty of History, the Royal Historical Society and the Past and Present Society.


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