Windows: an illuminating history

Cultural sociologist Rachel Hurdley peers into the curious history of windows

Cultural sociologist Rachel Hurdley peers into the curious history of windows. (Image by Getty Images)

We often focus on the views we can see through windows, but what about the windows themselves? Matt Elton speaks to cultural sociologist Rachel Hurdley to explore what windows can reveal about our past – from living conditions and architectural styles to wider issues of defence, politics and social change.

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