'Stay home': rethinking the domestic during the Covid-19 pandemic

Lead Research Organisation: Queen Mary, University of London
Department Name: Geography


As a site of self-isolation and lockdown, the home is at the forefront of strategies to save lives in the Covid-19 pandemic. The proposed research and its co-created outputs will lead the public debate about home in a pandemic society. Based in London and Liverpool, and in partnership with
The Museum of the Home (MoH) and The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) (RGS-IBG), the research combines a nationwide and city-scale approach in three interconnected strands.

1. 'Documenting home' interrogates the ways in which 'stay home' has been represented, reimagined and contested in political debate and media coverage. It also explores and extends MoH's online 'Stay home' collecting project and will co-curate material for display, deposit and
digital engagement.

2. 'Practising home' examines the practices, spaces and meanings of home during the pandemic for migrants, diaspora communities and people of faith in London and Liverpool, both 'hotspots' of Covid-19. Working with adults from different ethnicities, faiths and generations, alongside
migrant/diaspora and interfaith organizations, we will co-create short films, podcasts, an interfaith toolkit and material for the MoH collections.

3. 'Mapping home' explores children's changing conceptualisations of home at a time of crisis. Working with the RGS-IBG, its school networks and initiatives, we will co-curate (i) a nationwide map of home spaces for children/young people (aged 7-16) during Covid-19; (ii) a city-scale project in Liverpool City Region to anlayse children's narratives alongside their maps; and (iii) a virtual exhibition, learning resources (KS2-4) and a policy brief on children at home during Covid-19.


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Title My place my space 
Description 'My place my space' is a film produced in collaboration with young writers at Write Back, based in Barking and Dagenham, following workshops led by Jacqueline Waldock. The film was launched at an online event as part of the Being Human Festival in November 2021. A screening event was held for the young writers at the Museum of the Home. See https://www.stayhomestories.co.uk/myplacemyspace and https://www.write-back.org/mapping-stories. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The key impact has been the enabling the work of young writers at Write Back to reach wider audiences for their work through the online launch event, the event at the Museum of the Home and the presence of the film on the Stay Home Stories and Write Back websites. The experience of participating in the workshops and film also helped to develop the young people's skills in communicating their work and learning about the process of film-making. 
URL https://www.stayhomestories.co.uk/myplacemyspace
Title Our homes our stories 
Description - Installation by project artist-in-residence Alaa Alsaraji at the Museum of the Home entited 'Our homes our stories' from October 2021 to January 2022, with c.21K visitors. See https://alsarajialaa.co.uk/our-home-our-stories. - 'Our homes our stories' drew on material in the Stay Home collection at the Museum of the Home, interview testimony collected by the Stay Home Stories AHRC project and collaborative workshops with members of the project team. - The project team has produced two short films about Alaa Alsaraji's work on 'Our homes our stories' and is developing a longer film, which will include visitor responses. See https://www.stayhomestories.co.uk/artist-in-residence. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact - creation of a space to enable visitors to reflect about home and COVID-19 in the Museum of the Home, with positive feedback from visitors and the Museum. 
URL https://www.stayhomestories.co.uk/artist-in-residence
Description The research has provided new evidence and knowledge about people's experiences of home during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on the experiences of children and young people and adults from with different ethnic, migration and faith backgrounds. The key findings include the importance of home as a site of containment and connection, of internal and external thresholds and boundaries between home and the neighbourhood, community and city beyond, and new forms of connection and disconnection, whether material, imaginative or digital. The key findings are detailed in the first report produced by the project on experiences of home in Liverpool during the pandemic and in the first policy brief, and will be further expanded in the report on London, additional policy briefs and other outputs.
Exploitation Route There is significant scope for the outcomes of the funding to be taken forward in policy making (on home, outside space, and faith and community organizations and leadership) and the in arts and cultural sector (including museums, the work of artists, photographers and other creative practitioners).
Sectors Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

Description The findings have been used in an installation by artist-in-residence Alaa Alsaraji on 'Our homes, our stories' at the Museum of the Home (Oct 2021-January 2022) and in short films about her work, as well as in the first project podcast and a film with young writers at Write Back on 'My place my space.' This film was launched at an online event as part of the Being Human Festival in November 2021 and subsequent film screening for the young writers at the Museum of the Home. The first project report 'At home in Liverpool with COVID-19' was launched in November 2021 at an event for community organizations as part of the Being Human Festival. A policy brief was also developed from the project as part of the series at Pandemic and Beyond. Learning resources on mapping for KS1 and 2 have been produced in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society.
First Year Of Impact 2021
Sector Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

Description National Museums Liverpool 
Organisation National Museums Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution - work with National Museums Liverpool on Research Strand 3 Mapping Home (mapping project with children and young people about home and COVID-19); - mapping workshops led by CI Georgina Endfield and PDRA Jacqueline Waldock with children and young people at National Museums Liverpool.
Collaborator Contribution - support for Research Strand 3 Mapping Home, including through hosting mapping workshops for children and young people.
Impact - mapping workshops with children and young people at National Museums Liverpool as part of the Liverpool City Region focused research on children's narratives around their maps.
Start Year 2020
Description Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) 
Organisation Royal Geographical Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution - Research Strand 3 Mapping Home has developed a nationwide mapping project for children and young people on home and COVID-19 in partnership with the RGS-IBG; - Members of the project team on RS 3 (Georgina Endfield and Jacqueline Waldock) have worked closely with the RGS-IBG on (i) the online gallery of maps (>100 submitted) - see https://www.rgs.org/about/the-society/what-we-do/teachers/stay-home-rethinking-the-domestic-during-the-co/mapping-home/ and (ii) the development of learning resources for KS1 and 2 targeted to primary school teachers. These learning resources won a Highly Commended Award from the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers 2021, with the following citation: 'The judges thought very highly of younr online (Stay Home) resource, a real go-to for Geographers who are learning from home.' See https://www.rgs.org/schools/teaching-resources/stay-home/.
Collaborator Contribution - The Head of Education and Outdoor Learning at the RGS-IBG, Steve Brace, attends project team meetings, has played a significant role in promoting Research Strand 3 through teacher and school networks and by working with Dr Paula Owens and the project team to develop the learning resources for KS1 and 2. He has also written a blog post for the project website on children's maps during the pandemic- see https://www.stayhomestories.co.uk/mapping-home-a-childs-view-on-the-pandemic and an article for Teach Primary on Map Skills for KS1 and 2 which profiled the Stay Home project and included a selection of the maps and a link to the gallery - see https://www.teachwire.net/news/primary-geography-mapping-skills-for-ks1-and-ks2; - The RGS-IBG website hosts the online gallery of maps and the learning resources. There have been >52K views of the RGS-IBG Stay Home webpages and social media coverage of the Stay Home project.
Impact - online gallery of maps by children and young people - see https://www.rgs.org/about/the-society/what-we-do/teachers/stay-home-rethinking-the-domestic-during-the-co/mapping-home/ - learning resources for KS1 and 2 on mapping - see https://www.rgs.org/schools/teaching-resources/stay-home/ - article in Teach First on mapping skills by Steve Brace - see https://www.teachwire.net/news/primary-geography-mapping-skills-for-ks1-and-ks2 - blog post on children's maps during the pandemic by Steve Brace - see https://www.stayhomestories.co.uk/mapping-home-a-childs-view-on-the-pandemic
Start Year 2020
Description Being 'at home' in Liverpool during COVID-19 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Led by CI Kathy Burrell, the event was funded as part of the Being Human Festival in November 2021 to (i) present work done by community researchers in Liverpool; (ii) launch the Liverpool report from the project - see https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5fe1c5eb26d69a59d2511576/t/61976fe77948e828f85ae9ed/1637314538322/At+Home+in+Liverpool+During+COVID-19.pdf; and (iii) for participants to share their experiences in a wider discussion.

The event was held in-person and live streamed at Toxteth Library and was attended by members of community organizations, participants in the research and community researchers from Liverpool. The presentations stimulated a wide ranging discussion, particularly about the significance of community organizations in supporting people during the pandemic and ways in which such organizations could be supported to develop further links between each other.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5fe1c5eb26d69a59d2511576/t/61976fe77948e828f85ae9ed/163731453...
Description Podcast: Stay Home Stories 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project's first podcast is entitled 'Stay Home Stories' and includes compelling voices of experiences of staying home during the pandemic from the Museum of the Home's Stay Home collection. Eithne Nightingale, a PDRA on the project, talks to Danielle Patten and Veronique Belinga from the Museum of the Home. The podcast and transcript are available at: https://www.stayhomestories.co.uk/listen/episode-1.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.stayhomestories.co.uk/listen/episode-1
Description Regional news report 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A news story 'Revealed: the Liverpool communities, which felt the unequal impacts of COVID-19' featured an interview with CI Kathy Burrell and the project report 'At home in Liverpool during COVID-19,' was broadcast by ITV North West on 19 November 2021. See the broadcast and a written summary at https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2021-11-19/revealed-the-liverpool-communities-which-felt-the-unequal-impacts-of-covid-19. This reached a wide regional audience in the North West of England.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2021-11-19/revealed-the-liverpool-communities-which-felt-the-unequa...