Professor Sandra Cavallo

Sandra Cavallo is director of the project and takes an active part in the research. She has been Wellcome Award in the History of Medicine at the University of Exeter (1991-96) and moved to Royal Holloway in 1996, where she is Professor of Early Modern History.

She has researched and written extensively on the history of charitable and medical institutions in the early modern age, the medical profession and the body, and gender and family history. Her major publications include Charity and Power in Early Modern Italy (CUP 1995), Widowhood in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, co-edited with Lyndan Warner (Longman 1999), Artisans of the Body in Early Modern Italy. Identities, Families, Masculinities (MUP 2007), Spaces, Objects and Identities in Early Modern Italian Medicine, co-edited with David Gentilcore (Blackwell 2008); Domestic Institutional Interiors in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate 2009) and A Cultural History of Childhood and the Family, vol. 3: Early Modern Age (1400-1650) (Berg 2010), both co-edited with Silvia Evangelisti.

In the last few years she has become interested in the study of the home and its material culture. She has been Associate Director of the AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior [www.rca.ac.uk/csdi ] and a member of the Getty funded team of scholars who have researched for the exhibition "At Home in Renaissance Italy", Victoria and Albert Museum October-December 2006. The present project brings together her research interests in the home, family and medicine.