You are warmly invited to at a talk at Lotherton Hall, Leeds, Friday 24th May, 2 – 3pm, followed by a walk around the house and exhibitions:

Domesticating Electricity,
Talk by Professor Graeme Gooday

This talk will explore the public fears and uncertainties that surrounded electricity during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Hear how the residents of country houses reacted to the introduction of electrical light to a domestic setting, from fears for their safety to issues of vanity. Discover how promoters of electrical lighting responded to these concerns, in the drawing room of Lotherton Hall, one of the first houses in Leeds to install electricity. Many of the original electrical light fittings remain in use, including the grand 1903 Perry & Co electrolier.
Graeme Gooday is Professor of History of Science and Technology at the University of Leeds, and the author of Domesticating Electricity: Technology, Uncertainty and Gender, 1880-1914. For more information on Professor Gooday’s monograph visit

Tea with homemade cakes will be served

Free event. Normal Estate admission applies.
Booking required
Tel: 0113 281 3259