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Voices of Guinness: An Oral History of the Park Royal Brewery

Tim Strangleman


At the Guinness brewery established at Park Royal in West London in the mid-1930s, workers enjoyed a well-paid job for life, one where they could enjoy free meals in silver-service canteens and restaurants. During their breaks, they could explore acres of parkland planted with hundreds of trees and thousands of shrubs. After work, they could play over thirty sports or join one of the theater groups or dozens of other clubs. On retirement, they received a company pension from a scheme to which they had never contributed a penny. They worked in buildings designed by an internationally renowned a ... More

Keywords: deindustrialization, work, employment, nostalgia, brewing industry, Guinness, industrial citizenship, industrial architecture, oral history, industrial photography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190645090
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190645090.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Strangleman, author
Professor of Sociology, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, Canterbury