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The End...?

During the course of this final stage of the tutorial you have explored the kinds of questions that researchers have asked, and continue to ask, about the domestication of electricity in Britain. Having done so, you should be familiar with the kinds of issues that historians consider when they explain why something - such as the main energy source in our homes - changed. Furthermore, you should have developed your skills when it comes to thinking critically and creatively about the written sources that historians use as evidence.

However, the end of this stage of the tutorial does not represent the end of the subject. On the contrary, there are still many aspects of the history of the domestication that have yet to be written about. For example, you stopped at a point where you were starting to examine reactions to a book that tried to suggest ways that problems with electric lighting might be solved so that it could be installed in homes. Were those suggestions taken up? Why? Maybe there were other questions that were asked that you would like investigate further? You might even want to look at a particular set of sources, such as the archives of The Times, in more depth.

You could pursue these questions in an extended piece of research, such as a BA or MA dissertation, and could even turn unanswered questions into a proposal for further research. To learn more about these options, take a look at the information about postgraduate study in the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds or contact Prof. Graeme Gooday, author of Domesticating Electricity: Technology, Uncertainty, and Gender, 1880-1914, directly.

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