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Our publications

Our publications, now on display on Phoenix Road, include 3 editions of Spirit! with Somers Town and St Pancras histories, and a children’s book Fantastic Tales of St Pancras.
All are limited edition independently published beautifully designed paperbacks with original research and archival historical images. View and read more below or order one.

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Spirit! 01 – A Museum for Somers Town’
‘A Museum for Somers Town’ is a compilation of the history of a unique area, this slice through time reveals Somers Town as a London in miniature from Mary Wollstonecraft to Pearlies, taking in working class histories, pub songs, Chartism, boxing rings, pubs, Rossettis and Gilbert and George.

‘Spirit! 03 – Journeys Histories of Migrations’
‘Journeys’
is a compilation of the history of a unique area, this slice through time reveals Somers Town as a London in miniature. Journeys takes in 300 years of change and migrations, in an area which attracted intellectual giants of world thought and political activism – Godwin, Wollstonecraft, black activists George Padmore and Claudia Jones, as well as the stories of more recent arrivals – the Irish and the Bangladeshis.

‘Spirit! 02 100 Years of Social Housing’
100 years of social housing can be found in the small bounded area of Somers Town in London from slum clearance to modernist Golden Age. It’s a history of trailblazing efforts of a radical priest and the UK’s first female surveyor to clear slums, to the bold ambitions of Camden Council, from 1920s European modernist estates to the 1960s. This traces a housing community, and its rebellions: rent strikers and squatters. This a place where housing was never on its own enough.
‘Fantastic Tales of St Pancras’
Our children’s activity book is based on the fairy tales connected to local ‘art in everyday life’ by Gilbert Bayes in St Pancras Housing Improvement Society, which still (just!) exists today. Any donation will be used to help fund their replacement campaign. Dragons, tailors, mermaids… Hans Christian Anderson inspired much of his work.

 
Where to buy?
You can also purchase these in local shops – Pinner Cafe (still open until 3pm most days in lockdown) and City Newsagents, and P21 gallery in Chalton Street. If open Nata Cafe in Ossulston Street stocks some as does Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town.