Pre-order Public House: A Cultural and Social History of the London Pub + Limited edition hand-printed beer mat by artist Ruth Ewan
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— The first 1,000 purchasers of Public House: A Cultural and Social History of the London Pub at its pre-order price of £16.99 will also receive a free limited-edition hand-printed beer mat designed by the artist Ruth Ewan who features in the book. The beer mat forms part of Ewan's series of artworks exploring pioneering feminists and relates to her chapter in the book which centres on the story of the Mothers Arms, a suffragette community centre which Sylvia Pankhurst took over and renamed an East End pub formerly called the Gunmakers Arms.
For centuries, the London pub has been a place of social fermentation where all manner of people have come to drink, think, share stories and company. Surviving plagues, bombs, fires and floods, they have borne witness to wakes, weddings and the writing of world-changing manifestos. London’s pubs have provided the social and architectural infrastructure for civic life to thrive with a remarkably varied mix of spaces for meeting, making up, breaking up and cultural conviviality. From opulent former Gin Palaces and Taverns to Micropubs and community-owned pubs, the story of London’s more than 3,500 pubs tells the story of the city itself.This book will celebrate the incredible diversity, design and stories of London’s public houses as we are at last able to enjoy them again. Tracing the development of the pub as an enduring institution through societal upheavals the book will connect changes in pubs with wider social and political movements; filled with original drawings, photography and archive material.
The book is conceived as a conversation, with many voices telling tales of pubs across London, and through them teasing out important themes including architecture, craft, music, LGBTQ+ history, comedy, migration and intangible cultural heritage. Interspersed are shorter texts written by the editors, covering over 100 pubs across the city's past and present, weaving a tapestry of the pub's complex and diverse role in the life of London, from 1388 to 2021.
Including contributions from: Jennifer Lucy Allan, Nana Biamah-Ofosu, Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey, Clare Cumberlidge, Ruth Ewan, Paul Flynn, Laura C. Forster, Orit Gat, Phineas Harper, Rupa Huq MP, Jonathan Moses, Daniel Rosbottom, Bernd Schmutz, Neal Shasore, Bob Stanley, Timothy Smith, Eleanor Suess, Isy Suttie, Jonathan Taylor, Luke Turner, Lily Waite and Jaega Wise, and with a preface by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
Editors Cristina Monteiro and David Knight of architecture and planning practice DK-CM introduce the history of the London Public House as part of the collective social and cultural heritage of the city.
Jennifer Lucy Allan (Late Junction, The Quietus, The Foghorn’s Lament) on the aural and sonic landscape of the pub, using a memorable visit to the Hackney’s Hope and Anchor. Nana Biamah-Ofosu (Kingston University, Architectural Association) speaking to 2018 Brewer of the Year Jaega Wise (Wild Card Brewery, The Food Programme) about the new wave of craft brewers moving into pub management, such as at Wild Card Brewery’s just-opened Tavern on the Hill. Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey (Brew Britannia, 20th Century Pub) on the Fellowship, an improved pub of the interwar period now reaching new audiences and communities in the present. Artist Ruth Ewan in conversation with Clare Cumberlidge about the artist’s use of the pub in her work and its wider role in culture, in particular focusing on the Mother's Arms, a pub established by Suffragette, Syliva Pankhurst which served as a community and media centre. Paul Flynn (Good As You: 30 Years of Gay Britain) on London’s unique variety of spaces for LGBTQ+ communities, including the City of Quebec. Laura C. Forster (History Workshop, Durham University) on the role of the Blue Posts in protecting and nurturing those exiled after the Paris Commune, and explore how pubs have promoted and embodied certain types of political activity. Orit Gat (The White Review) on the experience of togetherness watching televised sport in The Hare as a means of achieving a sense of belonging in London and the UK. Architecture critic Phineas Harper (Literary Review, The Spectator, Architectural Review) convenes a roundtable discussion of leading architects and design tutors to discuss the rich design history of the city’s pubs including Daniel Rosbottom, Eleanor Suess, Bernd Schmutz, Timothy Smith Jonathan Taylor. MP for Ealing and Acton Rupa Huq leads readers on a pub crawl through the varied pubs of Ealing and of popular culture asking what their story says about the future for pubs in outer London. Jonathan Moses (Bloomberg, Royal Holloway University) exploring the ad-hoc aesthetics of the contemporary pub, from micropub and Community-owned pubs such as the Antwerp Arms to the corporate industrial style of BrewDog.
Neal Shasore, Head of School at the London School of Architecture, explores the interwar ‘Inn Sign’ revival and makes a plea for a re-engagement with design and craft in the pub industry. Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne, Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop, Excavate!: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall) on the role of the pub function room and ‘the band in the corner’ as part of the pub’s vital role in fostering independent music. Actor, comedian and author Isy Suttie (Peep Show, The Actual One, Jane is Trying) on the pub’s role in promoting and hosting stand-up comedy. Luke Turner (The Quietus, Out of the Woods) on the Woodbine Inn as a pub on the very edge of the city and what’s possible in the periphery. Lily Waite (Beer Writer of the Year 2020, Queer Brewing Project) on the future of the pub as a queer space.
Design and production
Hardback ISBN: 978-1-9160169-2-7 240mm x 170mm x 20mm 240 pages 13 Essays + much more Edited by David Knight and Cristina Monteiro Designed by Studio Christopher Victor Published by Open City
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