Family Tree Celebratory 1921 Conference: The domestic scene, fashion and women's occupations panel discussion

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description of Activity

With a focus on the domestic scene, fashion and women's occupations, this session went further into life in the 1920s, revealing the lifestyle and challenges our ancestors faced a century ago.

Featuring our ancestors’ interwar homes, fashion & clothing of the era, and key female employment such as textile mills, laundresses and charwomen. We also placed these lives in context and reflecting on the details revealed about them in the 1921 Census.

Panellists at this event included:

Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan, design & cultural historian and author of Ideal Homes: Uncovering the History and Design of the Interwar House

Adele Emm, genealogist and author of My Ancestor Worked in Textile Mills, Tracing Your Female Ancestors and Tracing Your Trade and Craftsman Ancestors

Jayne Shrimpton, dress historian and author of Fashion in the 1920s, Fashion & Family History and British Working Dress: Occupational Clothing 1750-1950

David Annal, genealogist and census specialist, involved in the 1901 and 1911 Census launches with The National Archives, and co-author of Census: The Family Historian's Guide.
Period13 Jan 2022
Held atFamily Tree Magazine, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • census
  • 1920s
  • family history
  • social history
  • house history
  • women's history