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Brewery trust saves thousands of at risk pub photos

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_DSC6831I am immensely proud to have played a small part in the completion of the first major project by the National Brewery Heritage Trust (NBHT), of which I am trustee.

London Local Pubs: Past and Present is a new book written by Adrian Tierney-Jones, which contains many historic, once at risk, photos of 52 pub, in the London area, which has just been published.

It includes a selection of some of the finest pictures from a stunning collection, not seen for more than a quarter of a century, some dating back to the 1900s which has now been digitised and put online.

_DSC6736 The book was launched last week in London at the Magpie and Stump pub, in the presence  Burton MP Andrew Griffiths and community pubs minister Marcus Jones (pictured above).

And it could all have been so different, as in the late 1980s, the entire collection was only moments away from destruction.

The collection’s saving started when NBHT trustee Robert Humphreys, who then worked for Charrington’s brewery in East London, rescued the photographs, which had been thrown into a skip.

Humphreys arranged for the photos to be donated and sent to the Bass Museum in Burton (Now the National Brewery Centre), where the pictures were safely stored.

In 2014, the National Brewery Heritage Trust (NBHT) http://www.nationalbreweryheritagetrust.co.uk/working with Historypin http://www.historypin.org and Heritage Assets began the project to digitise the historic photos with the intention of making the collection available to online researchers and to anyone who wanted to commercially use the images.

The on-line collection includes more than 3,500 images, dating from the Edwardian period to the 1970s, which depict more than 1,250 pubs from the now long gone Charrington. While many of these pubs survive and prosper under a range of new owners, others have been lost to WWII bombing or redevelopment.

Now, some of best photos from the collection have been included in London Local Pubs: Past and Present published by Halsgrove. Publishing.

London Local Pubs: Past and Present juxtaposes the historic pictures with contemporary shots taken from precisely the same spots as the originals, enabling a fascinating comparison of the changing times through which the buildings have survived. All the pubs featured in the book are still open.

To find out more about London Local Pubs and to get your own copy, visit www.londonlocalpubs.com

Go to http://www.nationalbreweryheritagetrust.co.uk  to find out about the NBHT.

 

 

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November 22, 2015 at 6:41 pm

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