Supper Talk: The Social History of the Pub

Head to the Chelsea Physic Garden for the latest in their Supper Talk series; the social history of the pub. Join James Kneale on 6 September for a fascinating insight into the development of the drinking culture.

It could be argued that Britain’s relationship with drink mirrors the evolution of the nation and is interwoven with themes from colonial and imperial history, industrialisation and social change. Follow a brief overview of this history, Kneale will then concentrate his talk on the changing fortunes of the pub from the end of the  18th Century through to mid-20th Century and examine the reasons for its evolution, uses, character and form. He will take you through the different places that we recognise today – gin shops, gin palaces, beer houses, ‘jerries’ and ‘she beens’, improved pubs and teetollers pubs, roadhouses, flash city taverns and bucolic country inns.

Tickets cost £17 which include Garden entry and a glass of wine. Supper tickets can be bought separately at an additional £17. Both tickets can be bought here.

The talk commences at 7pm and sittings for supper start at 5.45pm or 8pm.


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