Archive for October 2013
Burton on Trent is quite simply one of the greatest brewing towns the world has ever seen.
Within it is the National Brewery Centre (NBC), The United Kingdom’s premier museum dedicated to brewing.
The museum, formerly known as the Bass Museum, was set up in 1977. Its galleries include an exhibition on how beer is made, a collection of vintage vehicles used for transporting beer and an interactive display about Burton’s history.
Underpinning the work of the Centre is the National Brewery Heritage Trust (NBHT).
The NBHT supports the work of the museum and its collections and was initially formed following the closure of the then Coors Visitor Centre in 2008. In November 2009, Molson Coors reached an agreement with the leisure company Planning Solutions to run the museum and visitor centre and it reopened in April 2010 following some refurbishment work.
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 ambition is to fund exhibitions, acquisitions and development of the NBC’s facilities by encouraging individual and corporate membership of the trust.
Now the NBHT is set to have a formal launch with an event 0n 8 October at the NBC.
NBHT Chairman Keith Norris said: “This is a defining landmark in the development of the working group culminating in the successful registration as the National Brewery Heritage Trust.”
“This not only enhances the prestige of the centre but will enable us to accept charitable donations in order to expand and renovate the existing collection. We will also be able to bid for funding to support major development projects.”
The museum is an invaluable, unique, irreplaceable resource. Nothing on its scale exists anywhere else in Britain. Burton and the museum are intertwined and it is essential that people support the NBHT.
The museum includes a unique collection of brewing vehicles – including the Ale 1 number plate.
Burton’s reputation has travelled far and wide from the time when the monks of Burton Abbey discovered that the region’s hard water from gypsum-bearing rocks was ideal for brewing ale.
By the 1620s the town’s good quality brewing water was renowned not just locally but in distant London.
In the 19th century Burton was one of the wonder towns of the industrial revolution and the country’s equivalent of a silicon valley.
And the name Bass, the King of Brewers, was the best known firm in the British Empire.
The quality of Burton water was so renowned that up to the 1950s one Bolton brewer, Magee Marshall, transported water from its own Burton well by rail tankers to its brewery in Lancashire.
From Bombay to the Baltic, Burton beers have slaked the thirsts of millions – and the town’s name has become a byword for excellence in brewing.
And still today Burton is the most important brewing town in the country.
We take our beer seriously in this country – lets show how seriously we take it by supporting the work on the NBHT.
National Brewery Centre
Go to http://www.nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk for information on the museum, opening times and events.