Crafting identities

Artisan culture in London, c. 1550-1640

By Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin

Crafting identities


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4770-7
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: December 2021
  • BIC Category: History, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Stuart Era (1603-1714), HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Tudor & Elizabethan Era (1485-1603), DESIGN / History & Criticism, Urban Communities, London, Greater London, The arts / History of art & design styles: c 1600 to c 1800, Humanities / Social & cultural history
  • Series: Studies in Design and Material Culture


Crafting identities explores artisanal identity and culture in early modern London. It demonstrates that the social, intellectual and political status of London's crafts and craftsmen were embedded in particular material and spatial contexts. Through examination of a wide range of manuscript, visual and material culture sources, the book investigates for the first time how London's artisans physically shaped the built environment of the city and how the experience of negotiating urban spaces impacted directly on their distinctive individual and collective identities. Applying an innovative and interdisciplinary methodology to the examination of artisanal cultures, the book engages with the fields of social and cultural history and the histories of art, design and architecture. It will appeal to scholars of early modern social, cultural and urban history, as well as those interested in design and architectural history.


1 Introduction: crafting identities
2 Artisanal identities and cultures of knowledge
3 The view from the building site
4 Rebuilding and adaptation
5 Material gifting: artisanal virtuosity and material memorialisation
6 Shaping artisanal and civic identities
7 'Outwarde walls' and 'publique workes'


Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin is Lecturer in Early Modern History at Cardiff University

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