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CFP: ‘Publics and their Health – Historical Perspectives, Future Directions’. London, 28-29 June, 2018.

Institute of Historical Research, London

Call for Papers

Who or what is the public within public health?  How have publics and their health changed over time and place?  What makes ‘public health’, public?  Surprisingly little attention has been devoted to these crucial questions.  At this conference, we aim to explore the changing nature of public health, and the public which it serves, at different times and in various locations.  We welcome contributions from any discipline that takes a historical perspective to thinking about publics and public health in the past, present and future.

Please submit proposals, including a 300-word abstract and speaker’s contact details to by 9 February 2018.

The conference will be free to attend and reasonable travel expenses for speakers will be covered.

This conference is part of the Wellcome Trust funded project Placing the Public in Public Health: Public Health in Britain, 1948-2010.  The project is based in the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

For full details please download our Call for Papers

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Over 2,000 breweries in UK today

Brewer History Society Newsletter 79 (Dec. 2017), p. 3.

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Landlady of an English pub (book)

Laura Thompson, The Last Landlady: An English Memoir (Unbound Digital, forthcoming 12 July 2018)

Laura Thompson’s grandmother Violet was one of the great landladies. Born in a London pub, she became the first woman to be given a publican’s license in her own name and, just as pubs defined her life, she seemed to embody their essence. Laura spent part of her childhood in her grandmother’s Home Counties establishment, mesmerised by the landlady’s gift for creating the mix of the everyday and the theatrical that defined the pub’s atmosphere, making it a unique reflection of the national character. Her memories of this time are just as intoxicating- beer and ash on the carpets in the morning, the deepening rhythms of mirth at night, the magical brightness of glass behind the bara Through them she traces the story of the English pub, asking why it has occupied such a treasured position in our culture. But even Violet, as she grew older, recognised that places like hers were a dying breed, and Laura also considers the precarious future they face. Part memoir, part social history, part elegy, this book pays tribute to an extraordinary woman and the world she epitomized.

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Hard-boiled detective in American culture (dissertation)

David Camak Pratt, “The Sacred Ginmill Closes: Heavy Drinking, White Masculinity and the Hard-Boiled Detective in American Culture” (Ph.D. dissertation, College of William and Mary, 2017).

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Welsh brewery (article)

Gordon Stone, “Mona Brewery, Llanfachreath, Anglesey: Further Information,” Brewery History 171 (Summer 2017): 38-44.

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Brewhouse (article)

Peter Sinclair, “The Star Brewhouse,Pruson’s Island, Wapping,” Brewery History 171 (Summer 2017): 2- 22.

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