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Magnus Copps

MA work

The Crown, Lambeth 1784-1870: Material Culture and Respectable Sociability in a London Public House

Pubs are a site of shared experience and sociability, now as they were in the past. My dissertation looked at how this shared experience could be read through the objects used to enact this sociability and the spaces in which it took place.

Looking at a single public house, The Crown, Lambeth, it used archaeological material alongside documentary evidence, such as insurance policies and court records, to explore the changing sociability and clientele of the pub. The surviving ceramic and glass objects from the pub, an assemblage similar to that seen here, consisted not only of drinking-related objects, including wine bottles and spirit glasses, but also teawares and dining ware that suggested a much more genteel sociability than that commonly understood to have taken place in the Victorian pub.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA History of Design, 2015

  • Design History graduate with a particular interest in London's past, it's architecture and material culture.