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Spirit! a spirited magazine about Somers Town and St Pancras  histories.
 
Our latest:
‘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 hosting the lives of ordinary people who shaped its 20th Century journey, including more recent arrivals – the Irish, the Bangladeshis – who add to the stories collated here of personal journeys. This is a limited edition of 200 beautifully designed paperbacks, independently published, with original research, archival historical images and local photographs. 

 
100 Years of Social Housing‘ – tells the 20th Century story of housing through Somers Town slum clearance to modernist Golden Age, to decline and squatting.

100 years of social housing can be found in the small bounded area of Somers Town in London. 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 – 
A children’s activity book based on the fairy tales connected to ‘art in everyday life’ Gilbert Bayes’ work 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.
 
Now available by donation online via Paypal.
 
OR in local shops – City Newsagents, Cheezelo, and P21 gallery in Chalton Street. Nata Cafe in Ossulston Street and Owl bookshop. Or order below.
Here’s a sneak preview.
 
SOLD OUT Spirit 01 ‘A Museum for Somers Town’ connects Mary Wollstonecraft, Pearly Queens, to boxing rings, pubs, Rossettis and Gilbert and George.

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