Reframing Domesticity: Food and Public Engagement in a Women’s Museum

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This presentation analyses how food and drink, as part of a wider policy of feminist hospitality, can be used to engage marginalised groups in museums. Through a case study of a women’s museum in the UK – including interviews with staff, members of museum networks, volunteers and visitors – it demonstrates the role of food and drink in fostering a sense of welcome, inclusivity, shared identity and community in a museum environment. Food-related practices traditionally associated with femininity or domesticity were reframed in this space through a notion of feminist hospitality which aimed to combat wider social inequalities through everyday actions like offering a cup of tea to museum visitors.
Period5 May 20226 May 2022
Event titleFeminist and Queer Perspectives on Food
Event typeWorkshop
LocationVienna, AustriaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Feminism
  • Food
  • Museums
  • feminist archives & museums
  • feminist research
  • inclusivity
  • community engagement
  • community museums