Drinking Places: Forthcoming Events

1. Community drinking spaces and practices 

Claire Markham, Nottingham Trent University, TBC 2020

This one day event seeks to draw together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and others interested in exploring the intersection of drinking spaces, drinking practices and community/ties within historical and contemporary culture, media and society. The event will focus on (but will not be limited to):

  • The historical development and influence of community drinking spaces
  • Temperance in rural and coastal areas
  • Perceptions and experiences of community drinking spaces and practices from different perspectives (e.g. gender, class)
  • The growing role of specialist drinks in community settings (real and craft ale, locally produced spirits, non-alcoholic drinks)
  • The growing role of history and heritage in drinking spaces across time and space


2. Vertical vs. Horizontal Drinking

Andrew M. Butler, Canterbury Christ Church University

A one day symposium to be held in 2020.

The Police refer to High Volume Vertical Drinking Establishments: licensed premises which discourage customers from sitting down as they speedily drink shots and spirits. Opposite to this, we might propose the practice of High Volume Horizontal Drinking Establishments – real ale or craft ale pubs, festivals and so one – licensed locations where similar amounts of alcohol are consumed across a longer period. We may perceive different attitudes, reactions and value judgement to these respective polls, despite the levels of intoxication, and regulation and policing differs between the two types of drinking. What narratives can we tell about the relation of drinking style to place? What does it tell us about attitudes to drinking?