Preserving Britain's Brewing Heritage

We are pleased to report that the Brewers’ Company recently became a Corporate Member of the National Brewery Heritage Trust (NBHT).  The NBHT was formed to support the work of the National Brewery Centre (NBC) and to advance the education of the public in the history and heritage of brewing.

The NBC is a museum and visitor centre which celebrates the history and development of brewing and was originally opened as the Bass Museum in 1977 to celebrate the bicentenary of the founding of that company.  It became, with a change in ownership in 2003, the Coors Visitor Centre and was subsequently refurbished and reopened under the purview of the NBHT.  The NBHT seeks to broaden the scope of the museum’s collections, and ensure that historical brewing records and artefacts from across the United Kingdom are preserved.

The NBHT’s first major project was the digitisation of thousands of historic pub photos, some of which date back to the 1900s. Now, some of the photos can be found in London Local Pubs: Past and Present, a book written by Adrian Tierney-Jones, and published by Halsgrove Publishing which contains then and now images from 52 pubs in the London area.  To complete the project the NBHT, worked with Historypin and Heritage Assets to digitise more than 3,000 photos, which had been housed at the NBC after being rescued in the 1980s from a skip at Charrington’s brewery in London by NBHT trustee Robert Humphreys.

The NBC incorporates large elements of the original Bass Collection, as well as celebrating the social history of the development of brewing – the real life experiences and stories of people working in the industry.  The collection includes a variety of steam engines and vintage vehicles which played essential roles in the development of the industry.

The Brewers’ Company is proud to be able to support the NBHT, helping it to preserve Britain’s brewing heritage.