Taverns, locals and street corners: cross-chronological studies in community drinking, regulation and public space


Principal Investigator: Dr Fabrizio Nevola (University of Bath)
Co-investigators: Dr Jane Milling, Professor Antonia Layard
Collaborators: Centre for Cities
Duration: From 2012 to 2013

This pilot study on tavern culture ranges from early modern Europe to the present day. It investigates whether today’s real and imagined patterns of drinking – people congregating in public spaces at night, sold alcohol and revelling – are recurring practices and representations of drinking and of competing communities. It looks at how public space is used, and how tavern culture produces places and social groupings; how these spaces are regulated in the name of order, morality and health; the rhetorics of drinking and taverns, of pleasure, harm and authority