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Museum Launches New Book

David E with Book

19 April 2011

Black Country Living Museum is hosting the launch of a new book, Town House Architecture, by David J Eveleigh, Director of Collections, Learning and Research on Tuesday 8 March at 12.30pm.  David, a leading authority on the history of everyday domestic life, has previously published 12 books about social history and domestic life.

British towns display a rich variety of architectural styles, each identifiable with a particular period of urban growth. Blending architecture with social history, David J Eveleigh follows the twists and turns of the development of the urban house from the 1640s, tracing the rise and fall of classical architecture, the emergence of new styles in the nineteenth century to suit the circumstances and mindsets of the Victorian Age, and then the response of architects - and popular opinion - to architectural developments in the twentieth century right up to the 1980s. He highlights the remarkable resilience of traditional elements in house design and how vernacular architecture is still a recognisable element of the modern British townscape.   The book draws on examples of architecture from across the country and features two of the houses at Black Country Living Museum - the Brook Street back to backs and the Cast-iron council houses and by placing them in a national context shows how they represent particular phases of town house architecture at a national level.   Town House Architecture is published by Shire publications and has over 100 illustrations. It will be sold at the Museum Shop and retails at £6.99

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