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Media Work

Research-related projects covered in various media include:

  • curating an exhibition on public houses at the Museum Schloss Münsingen in Switzerland (Summer 2000)
  • lecturing on the historical context for 'Painting on Light', an exhibition of Swiss stained glass c. 1500 co-organized by the Getty Centre and the St Louis Art Museum (Los Angeles and St Louis, summer/autumn 2000)
  • assessing the likely effects of changes in UK pub licensing laws for national French youth radio station Le Mouv: Radio France (23 November 2005)
  • a panel discussion on early modern 'sex workers' during the Sexarbeit exhibition at the Kornhaus Gallery in Bern covered by the Swiss daily Der Bund (7 July 2007);
  • a presentation of the main themes of my book Drinking Matters in a Warwick podcast series which reached the History Top 10 on iTunes U (April 2008);
  • an assessment of the historical significance of sixteenth-century French king Henry IV for Swiss National Radio DRS1 (13 December 2008);
  • a tour of a medieval Swiss inn for members of the public on European Heritage Day (14 September 2008; covered in the Swiss Hotel Revue);
  • a symposium on the tradition of 'tavern politics' in German-speaking Europe at Braunau/Austria covered by the Braunauer Stadtnachrichten (30 September 2009);
  • a feature on historical concerns about youth drinking for the Bavarian newspaper Münchner Merkur (14 May 2009);
  • a public lecture on the political significance of urban pubs at Münster/Germany covered by the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (1 April 2009);
  • a radio interview on the 'History of Time' with Liz Kershaw on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire (27 March 2011);
  • an interview (June 2011) and lecture report (October 2017, 24-5) in the Bishop's Tachbrook Parish Magazine;
  • a TV interview with Rory McGrath on Puritan attitudes to drinking for 'Pub Dig', a programme produced by Oxford Scientific Films for the History Channel (screened 16 December 2011) and Channel 5 (24 April 2012);
  • a newspaper interview with the Swiss daily Bote der Urschweiz on the parish republic of Gersau (30 August 2012);
  • a radio interview on public houses as pre-modern communication hubs for the Dimensionen programme of Austrian national radio Oe1 (25 September 2012). [listen to the podcast here]
  • a magazine feature on my parish research in the German monthly Vorpommern Magazin (February 2013), pp.16-17.
  • 'Do digital resources allow us to ask new questions about the past?', one of three responses featured by Warwick's Knowledge Centre (June 2013)
  • a public lecture on the cultural history of drink in the Europavortrag series of the Universität des Saarlandes, covered by the daily Saarbrücker Zeitung (12 July 2013).
  • a sketch of premodern travel gastronomy for the magazine Wege und Geschichte (1/2013) published by ViaStoria, the Swiss centre for the history of mobility.
  • excerpts from my plenary address to the Landsgemeinde (communal assembly) at Gersau/Switzerland (2/2/2014) in a podcast of Swiss National Radio SRF and the Wochen-Zeitung newspaper.
  • a survey article for the official communication periodical of the Swiss canton of Schwyz, explaining why the parish republic of Gersau should be seen as a 'little giant': Y-Mag 8 (2014), 72-5.
  • an opinion piece for The Conversation platform, also featured by The Guardian, arguing that going to the pub could solve our drinking problem (2 April 2014), followed by invited articles investigating 'How much did our ancestors drink (and are we drinking more)?' (22 October 2014) and 'How drinking fashions change' (25 August 2016)

  • reflections on the findings of the 'Small but free?' conference24 on early modern republics at Gersau for the Swiss daily Bote der Urschweiz (8 May 2014)
  • a radio interview for the 'Sunday Matinee' programme of German station SWR2 on the cultural history of the picnic (25 May 2014) [recorded in this podcast]

  • a historical interpretation of recent UK drink consumption statistics for The Times newspaper and the Voice of Russia radio station (30 May 2014) [podcast]
  • commenting on Warwick Castle's new luxury B+B offer for the Marian McNamee programme on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire (29 July 2014)
  • a course of five video lectures on the German Reformation recorded for the MASSOLIT website aimed at sixth form students (November 2015) [sample clip on 'causes']
  • report on the IEHCA's 'Food & Drink Studies' summer university in the Tours newspaper / media platform La Nouvelle République (6 September 2016)
  • an article on historical drinking cultures for the Worber Post newspaper in the Canton of Bern (no 12, p. 6; 21 October 2016)
  • an interview with the BBC News website exploring the historical evolution of Coventry's relationship with Warwickshire & West Midlands counties (26 October 2016) is picked up by the Coventry Telegraph (4 November)
  • a podcast discussion with Bryan Brazeau on 'The Renaissance from Below' (24 November 2016)
  • an assessment of Luther's Ninety-Five Theses on the occasion of their quincentenary for the Modern History Review aimed at A-level students (vol. 19, issue 4, April 2017)
  • launching a series of blog posts from IEHCA Summer University participants on food & drink studies for 'The Recipes Project' (7 November 2017)
  • helping actress Marta Dusseldorp explore her Swiss ancestry for 'Who do you think you are?' Australia, particularly Rosina Probst who ran the Bear inn at Ins around 1880, shortly before her daughter Lina emigrated to Australia (filmed in November 2018 and screened on 14 May 2019)
  • participating in a 'Roundtable' TRT World TV panel debate on the fall of the Berlin wall moderated by David Foster (7 November 2019)
  • discussing the impact of Brexit on researchers from Europe for the Journal Panorama programme of Austrian national radio station Ö1 (16 January 2020)
  • offering 'expert comments' on the upgrade in listed status of historic drinking premises and proposals for the post-lockdown reopening of public houses in England (Warwick Uni Press Office, 7 February 2020 and 23 June 2020)
  • providing historical context on pub licensing hours for a feature story of Swiss daily newspaper Der Bund (12 June 2020, p. 15)
  • guiding a Virtual Tour of the county town of Warwick as part of an online 'History Walks' series (October 2020)


Insight into the interactive nature of tavern field work at the Munich Oktoberfest in 2006. Photo: C. Stein.




ambulatory_interpretation_of_berkswell_church._pic_by_paula_mcbride.jpgTaking members of the public on an 'ambulatory interpretation' of Berkswell church during the 2013 Parish Symposium. Photo: P. McBride.




lg_bk_beitrag_pic_gallus_bucher.jpgAddressing the Landsgemeinde held in St Marcellus Gersau on 2 February 2014. Pic: G. Bucher.





Fancy a bubbly? A historical take on changing drinking fashions: cover picture for my Conversation article of 25 August 2016.




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With Marta Dusseldorp at the Bear in Ins

With Marta Dusseldorp at the Bear inn (Ins / Bern) in November 2018.