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|Course:||Markets to Malls: The History of Shops & Shopping in Britain|
|Start Date:||24th July 2018|
|Fee:||£59.00 What's included?|
This course covers the history of British retailing from the markets of the Middle ages to the supermarkets and shopping malls of the twentieth century. It tells the story of how shopping turned into a leisure activity in the Georgian and Victorian periods, how shops evolved to suit changing needs, how retailing turned into big business thanks to the flair of pioneers like Jesse Boot the chemist and John James Sainsbury the grocer, and how high streets were transformed by supermarkets and department stores.
All comers welcome.
Philip Wilkinson is the author of many books on architecture and history. He wrote a series of books to accompany the BBC2's series Restoration and Restoration Village, and is the author of The English Buildings Book (published by English Heritage) and Fifty Architecture Ideas You Really Need To Know (Quercus). When not writing, he explores buildings ceaselessly, recording some of his discoveries on his blog (englishbuildings.blogspot.co.uk) and gives talks on architectural subjects.Back to List
I came to Somerset to talk about Socrates and his search for the good life. And in many ways I found it incarnated in Dillington House. Here there is a love of beauty and truth. To find a sympathetic venue with an exquisitely rich history, open to all and encouraging debate, creativity and a passion for life is exactly the kind of thing that would have made Socrates smile. I can't wait to come back.