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The art of drinking

Drink has stimulated a rich material culture. Specific situations and drinks require particular vessels; from stoneware beer mugs to jade cups and silver goblets. These objects reflect wealth and social class as well as local custom and tradition.

By placing these often curious vessels within the context of social history we are better able to understand their function and importance. The social history of drinking over the past 500 years encompasses pleasure and pain, tradition and innovation as well as extraordinary creativity in the decorative arts.

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Letterpress Beer Mat - Drink More Gin

Letterpress Beer Mat - Drink More Gin

Letterpress printed beer mat. Available in six different designs: 'Drink More Gin', 'Cheers', 'Good People Drink Good Beer', 'Why Don't You Get Out Of…

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Event - Art Nouveau: Untrammelled by Convention, from High Art to Advertising

Fri 15 January 2016–Fri 11 March 2016

8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Art Nouveau was the first self-consciously modern style: decorative, dramatic and daring. It had an international appeal which made it the most pervasive influence in art, craft, architecture and design throughout the turbulent years of the turn of the nineteenth century.

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