About the Book
A Field Guide to Postwar Murals is the first book to explore the fantastic world of postwar mural art in Britain. The fifties and sixties were times of experimentation with new materials and forms, the meeting of art and architecture in a colourful outburst of exciting works which carried on into the 1970s and 1980s. Using superb colour photography, the book explains where to see the best postwar murals and provides tips for searching out as-yet-unknown examples. Murals are for everyone, and this is an essential field guide.
Lynn Pearson is an architectural historian and photographer, specialising in postwar decorative arts, breweries and the outer reaches of architectural history. She has published 18 books including Public Art since 1950 (Shire Publications, 2006) and British Breweries: An Architectural History (Hambledon Press, 2000). She wrote the Tile Gazetteer (Richard Dennis, 2005) for the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, and is Editor of the Society's Journal. Her website includes a database of postwar murals and related downloads, as well as many photographs (and a link to her dog's blog). She is currently working on Played on Tyne and Wear, to be published by English Heritage in 2009 as part of the groundbreaking Played in Britain series (see www.playedinbritain.co.uk).