The Last Drop: England's Surviving Brewery Heritage
A Day Conference at Burton-upon-Trent: Saturday 12 March 2011
Presented by the Brewery History Society and English Heritage
Worthington Suite of the National Brewery Centre (formerly the Bass
Museum/Coors Visitor Centre), Horninglow Street, Burton-upon-Trent
About the Conference
Recent years have seen an acceleration in the rate of change affecting the brewing industry
which has seen mergers, acquisitions and associated closures that pose urgent questions for
all with an interest in the archives, artefacts and architecture of the industry.
This event has been arranged to launch the important report on Englandís brewing heritage
prepared by Dr Lynn Pearson and the Brewery History Society as part of English Heritageís
SHIERs (Strategy for the Historic Industrial Environment Reports) programme and to
consider ways forward for the conservation of this historic resource.
We will begin with the SHIERs programme and then move on to the organisation, findings
(breweries and archives), and recommendations of the brewing industry report, a copy of
which will be available to conference members. Presentations by Keith Falconer (Head of
Industrial Archaeology at English Heritage) and Lynn Pearson (Author, Consultant and
After lunch, we will turn to the conservation of brewery heritage by way of three casestudies:
Helen Moore (Senior Archaeologist at Gifford UK) will report on the significant
findings of an excavation at the Royal Clarence Yard in Gosport, followed by presentations
on the recent fate of Burtonís brewing heritage (Malcolm James) and the conservation
aspects of the adaptive re-use of two Newark breweries (Rebecca Lamb). Malcolm and
Rebecca have recently completed dissertations on these topics.
After a short break for tea, conference will conclude with a panel discussion to identify
priorities for future action.
Who Should Attend
Members of the Brewery History Society and English Heritage. Historians, industrial archaeologists and conservation workers with a serious interest in this
Time, Place and Cost
Coffee and registration will begin at 10.30 am. The conference will begin at 11.00 am and
finish at 4.15pm.
We will be in the Worthington Suite of the National Brewery Centre (formerly the Bass
Museum/Coors Visitor Centre), Horninglow Street, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 1NG. The
Centre is within easy reach of the A38 and M42 and a short walk/distance from Burton-upon-Trent Railway Station.
A location map is available at www.nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk.
Parking on site is free.
The fee for the day, which includes coffee, a buffet lunch, tea and a copy of the SHIERs
Report on disc, is £24.00. A cash bar will be available.
The Brewery History Society wishes to thank English Heritage for supporting this event as
part of the dissemination phase of the project. The project was funded by English Heritageís
Historic Environment Enabling Programme.