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Eleanor Cook

Coventry University

Thesis title:

At Home In Coventry 1945 - 1975

My research focuses on the social spatialization of home in post-war Coventry, examining the dialectic between public and private conceptions of home in the aftermath of The Second World War.

My thesis ‘At Home in Coventry’ – a project working in partnership with The Herbert Museum & Art Gallery – seeks to ascertain what ‘home’ meant to the diverse populations of post-war Coventry; querying the significance of public art, civic architecture, and material culture to the provisioning of home in the post-war period. 

Research Area



  • Midlands 4 Cities Research Festival 2020 (virtual conference): 'Space, Place and Power: The City as Heterotopia'

Public Engagement & Impact

  • The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Article by PhD Research Candidate, Eleanor Cook: At Home in Coventry 


  • I am a board member of Photo Miners: a Coventry based a non-profit organisation that work with the public and institutions to repurpose photographic collections to create new stories about people and place.

Other Research Interests

  • Identity
  • Diaspora
  • Nostalgia
  • Domesticity
  • Space
  • Place


  • The Modernist Society 
  • The 20th Century Society
  • The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Doctoral Research Network
  • The Association for Art History Doctoral and Early Career Research Network