9 Jun 2021

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Intoxicating Spaces: Global and Comparative Perspectives - online conference

The first results of our collaborative research will be presented at the forthcoming (free online) conference Intoxicating Spaces: Global and Comparative Perspectives organised by the HERA research project: Intoxicating Spaces: The Impact of New Intoxicants on Urban Spaces in Europe, 1600–1850.

Our paper, on female drinking at home in 19th Century Polish and British cultures will be a part of a panel "European Drinking Spaces" (Wednesday 21 July, 4–5:30pm BST): 

Session 12: European Drinking Spaces

  • Dorota Dias-Lewandowska (Polish Academy of Sciences) & Pam Lock (University of Bristol). A Woman’s Place is in the Home? Seeking the Unheard Voices of Drinking Women in Polish and British Cultures
  • Alexandr Gorokhovskiy (Utrecht University) ‘Naley enim Infunde significat’: Sixteenth-Century Moscow’s Drinking Quarter and its German Dwellers
  • Jenni Lares (Tampere University) House, Home, and Tavern: Places of Drinking in Seventeenth-Century Finland

The conference will be held live via Zoom. Monday 19–Wednesday 21 July 2021

3 Jun 2021

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Victorian women and secret drinking - Women and Alcohol cluster seminar

We are delighted to announce our next DSN Women and Alcohol cluster seminar on 1st July 2021 at 1pm GMT (on zoom) with guest speaker, Dr David Beckingham (University of Nottingham). 

David's article 'Private Spirits, Public Lives: Sober Citizenship, Shame and Secret Drinking in Victorian Britain' came out in April and he has kindly agreed to talk about the rich and interesting research behind the article before we open up the floor for an extended discussion on women and secret drinking (and beyond). We hope that you can join us. 

Victorian women and secret drinking

In this talk I will introduce the research behind my recent article, ‘Private Spirits, Public Lives: Sober Citizenship, Shame and Secret Drinking in Victorian Britain’, published in Journal of Victorian Culture.  I will explore in more detail the nature of the archival or historical record through which we can research the different attitudes to women’s drinking in this period.  In my case, this was agitation around the purchase of drink from licensed grocers and railway refreshment rooms.  Though this might now seem rather esoteric, I want to suggest that we can use these moments of temperance action not only to say something about the motivations for reform work but also to gain rare glimpses into the drinking cultures of women.


David Beckingham is a cultural and historical geographer at the University of Nottingham, and has published widely on different aspects of drink regulation, temperance and the treatment of inebriety.

If you would like to attend the seminar or join the research cluster please e-mail us on dsnwomenandalcohol@gmail.com