Brewery History Society

Brewery History Society: Links to other sites of interest

There are a great many fascinating beer and brewery related sites out there in cyberspace and we list a few of them here.

If you know of a site which you think should be included, or if you spot any links which no longer work, please email webmaster@breweryhistory.com with details.

Updated 5 June 2017.


Societies

The Scottish Brewing Archive Association (SBAA) The SBAA exists to promote the history of brewing in Scotland, and assists Glasgow University Archive Services to answer brewing related queries.
Association for British Brewery Collectables The society for anyone interested in collecting beer memorabilia.
The Pub History Society The society for all pub queries.
Labologists Society The society for all collectors of beer bottle labels.
The Alton Bottle Collectors Club The society has monthly meetings; and two bottle collectors' fairs a year - usually in March and November. See their web site for details.
The British Beermat Collectors Society The society for beermat collectors.
The British Brewery Playing Card Society The essential society for all collectors of beer related playing cards.
The Inn Sign Society The society for those with an interest in inn signs. The object of the Society is to bring together those who hold a common interest in the inn sign generally and to provide them with a platform for the interchange of information and also help with their research.
Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) The society specialising in ceramic tiles. Lots of pub pictures.
AIA The Association for Industrial Archaeology
Guinness Collectors Club The place to look if you love Guinness collectables.
CAMRA The Campaign for Real Ale.
The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) The Institute of Brewing & Distilling is a members organisation dedicated to the education and training needs of brewers, distillers and those in related industries.

Breweries

BHS Corporate Members The Society's list of corporate members which in most cases provides links to their websites.
Phipps Northampton Brewery Co The website of Phipps Northampton Brewery Company, with good history pages.
H & G Simonds Ltd, Reading The story of the brewery.
Tolly Cobbold Brewery Dedicated to the history of the Tolly Cobbold breweries and pubs.
The Whitbread Shires John Sparks' web site describing working with the Whitbread Shires at the Garrett Street stable and on the Whitbread hop farm from 1961 to 1995.

Other sites with pub and brewing content

Heritage Pubs CAMRA's marvellous web site on historic pub interiors, including the National and Regional Inventories. Many of the pubs illustrate examples of brewery architecture from Victorian times to the 1970s; and of course many feature breweriana.
National Brewery Centre Formerly the Bass Museum. The National Brewery Centre is a world-class museum and visitor centre that celebrates Burton upon Trent's proud brewing heritage and its influence on brewing techniques throughout the world: a special place in the home of brewing. Reopened in 2010.
Quaffale An enthusiasts' site with comprehensive lists of UK breweries and brewery links, including new brewery openings.
Tipplefair Tipplefair - Britain's only collectors fair for the drink trade - will be held at the Peterborough Beer Festival from August 2012. This is an essential annual event for all breweriana collectors.
Heritage Open Days "Heritage Open Days" is an annual event which celebrates England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Hundreds of properties are open over a weekend in early September each year: check the web site to see if there are breweries or brewing-related sites open.
Barnard: The Noted Breweries of Great Britain and Ireland Good quality downloadable scans of all four volumes of Barnard (1889-1891). Note that these are very large files.
The Beer Academy The Beer Education Trust, which trades as the Beer Academy, offers a range of educational and training packages relating to brewing and retailing.
Beeston Brewery & Samuel Theodore Bunning A history of Beeston's brewery and maltings, including pub details.
Bradford beer and breweries Malcolm Toft's excellent Bradford beer and breweries web site.
The Canterbury Brewers Within T Machado's comprehensive web site on Canterbury history.
The Vanished Pubs of Chester A comprehensive and fascinating guide to Chester's old pubs and breweries.
Dover's Public House Archive Site Barry Smith and Paul Skelton's comprehensive listings of pubs and breweries in East Kent.
Gloucestershire Pubs Geoff Sandles' brilliant Gloucestershire pub History site. Not to be missed.
The Story of Brewing in Reigate & Redhill Richard Symonds' comprehensive site on the history of brewing in parts of Surrey. Includes historical pub information.
Worthing Pubs Jimmy Hastell's Worthing Pubs site, which also features information about breweries in the vicinity.
Brewery Tour of Wrexham This small PDF document, produced by Wrexham County Borough Council, gives a short walking tour of the brewery sites in the town (no map included, unfortunately, and no date on the document).
Oast and Hop Kiln History Patrick Grattan's web site covering the history of oasthouses and hop kilns.
Signs of the Past Terry Nelson's collection of historic signs, including pub and brewery content.
Ian Calvert's beermats site Contains about 5,000 images of UK brewery beermats.
Hotmog's Victorian Breweriana A site featuring Victorian porcelain beer-pump handles, beer engines, etc.
Darts history Patrick Chaplin's fascinating darts history site.
Beer Inn Print A vast range of books and other products relating to beer and brewing. Also the home of the BHS Bookshop.

Information sources and Archives

National Archives / Public Records Office (PRO) An essential source of information and material. See their search option.
National Records of Scotland National Records of Scotland (NRS) was established in 2011, following the merger of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS).
The Scottish Brewing Archive The Scottish Brewing Archive is hosted by Glasgow University Archive Services, and is located at 13 Thurso Street, Glasgow G11 6PE. See Scottish Brewing Archive Association.
The National Brewing Library The National Brewing Library at Oxford Brookes University is an English language collection relating to brewing, distilling, other alcoholic beverages and dependent trades. The collection aims to be the primary and most comprehensive souce of information in the UK, on the scientific, technological, historical and social aspects of the above. Located at Gipsy Lane, Oxford OX3 0BP. An article about the NBL appeared in BHS Journal 116 (Autumn 2004).
History of Advertising Trust (HAT) HAT’s collections contain many relevant sources of interest to brewery history researchers. These include books and point of sale material, such as labels and beer mats, beer advertising campaigns and campaign case studies and thousands of press advertising proofs and TV commercials; also a set of bound Brewers’ Journals (albeit incomplete in the early years), magazines such as the Brewers’ Guardian and various company reports and histories.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 56,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2003. A special focus of the 2007 update is the addition of 20 new biographies on some of Britain’s best-known brewers and distillers, which supplement the Oxford DNB’s existing coverage of 100 biographies of manufacturers of alcoholic drinks. The ODNB is available on subscription, and in most public libraries.
British History Online British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, they aim to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.
A Vision of Britain Through Time An information resource for Britain between 1801 and 2001 - including lots of historical maps, statistics and historical descriptions.
British Pathé 90,000 historic films.

Photographic collections

Flickr Flickr
geograph.org.uk Sponsored by Ordnance Survey, the Geograph British Isles project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland.
Google Photos Picasa
Leodis Leodis is an online photographic archive containing images of Leeds, managed by Leeds Library and Information Service..
Picture The Past A photographic collection covering Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, managed by the library services in the area.
28 Days Later An 'Urban Exploration' web site which features some fascinating photographs of brewery sites.

Maps

Ordnance Survey maps Ordnance Survey Map site.
The National Library of Scotland The National Library of Scotland website provides complete online coverage of (out of copyright) maps throughout Great Britain on a minimum scale of 6 inches to the mile and very often in much larger scales, first via zoomable sheet by sheet (link goes to maps of sheets, chose scales from menu) ...

... and second as continuous draggable and zoomable ("georeferenced") sheets (link goes to 1 inch sheet, choose larger scales from menu)

These are quite complex but very rewarding pages, for example the georeferenced maps have a slider to show 'underlying' modern aerial imagery, and it is worthwhile taking time to understand how they function.

The NLS is a national deposit library for publications from the whole of Great Britain and viewing the historic maps is entirely without charge.
Ordnance Survey of Ireland Detailed historic maps of the whole of Ireland. Great for tracing the sites of old breweries!
Alan Godfrey Old Maps The Alan Godfrey reprints of old maps.
Old Maps More old maps.
Google maps Street maps and aerial photographs.
bing.com Bing (was MultiMap) - Street maps and aerial photographs, including "birds-eye views".
streetmap.co.uk Street maps.

Other sites with limited brewery content

Steve Lyne's photographs of Young's Brewery The last two years of the brewery.