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Brewery History Society and English Heritage Conference 2011



Brewery and Maltings Heritage: Find out more about the BHS / English Heritage project on 'The Brewing Industry', which provides information on all pre-1940 operating breweries, compiles a comprehensive list of historic brewery buildings, documents the industryís archives, and undertakes a national assessment on the industry, in the form of a Strategy for the Historic Industrial Environment report (SHIER). For more information go to our Heritage page.


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.

The Programme

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 Lecturer).

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 area.

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.




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