A new book in prospect

Liebig5Exciting times here, as I’ve just signed a contract with a publisher to write and illustrate (lots of new photos) a book on Victorian and Edwardian industrial architecture – that is, the buildings most industrial archaeologists seem not to care so much about, meaning┬áthe factories and works rather than the mines, infrastructure etc. I have this year and most of next to write the book, and sort out several photography trips, as the whole of the UK is involved, as well as the Republic of Ireland. Publication probably 2016 I suppose. Happy days! My illustration this week is one of Liebig’s trade cards showing a jolly view of the brewhouse in Munich, presumably during Oktoberfest. Enjoy….

Roman beer

Peroni factoryRome might not be the obvious place to go looking for industrial buildings, but there are a few, including the old Peroni factory (1909, architect Gustavo Giovannoni) which stands a little way north of the main railway station (Termini). It ceased to brew in 1971 and was converted to one of the sites of the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) during the 1990s. Later a glass roof was added connecting the two blocks of the works, covering over the old brewery yard. The yard entrance (on the opposite side to this photo) has the word ‘scuderie’ on the archway; google translate tells me this means ‘teams’ – teams of horses? Or?? Need more research!