Brewery History Society

The Brewery History Society Archive

The Society's Archive was held at the Birmingham Central Library. However, in 2010, Birmingham City Council had to prioritise its collections, and concentrate on those which relate more to the Birmingham area.

The Society was requested to move its Archive out of Birmingham Library premises. and the Archive has now been dispersed.

Books and point of sale material, such as labels and beer mats, can be found at the History of Advertising Trust. This includes a set of bound Brewers’ Journals (albeit incomplete in the early years), magazines such as the Brewers’ Guardian and various company reports and histories.

Other books and magazines have been donated to the National Brewing Library at Oxford Brookes University to fill gaps in their catalogue.

The bulk of the photo collection is now held at Historic England Archive in Swindon. It includes the David Parry collection of brewery sites, pub signage from the 1950s and 1960s - mainly Whitbread and pub exteriors, many of which were produced in the 1940s for the original HMC (Historic Monuments Commission).

Bound sets of the Brewing Trade Review and artwork for their advertising campaigns have gone to the Brewers' Society archive, which is held at Warwick Modern Records Cente.

Other photos have gone to the Museum of English Rural Life collection at Reading University.

For further information, please contact the Society's Archivist by emailing