Information and images from a unique collection of historic items from Britain’s brewing and pub companies are now accessible on line for the first time via The National Brewery Centre Archives: https://www.nbcarchives.co.uk/
Creation of the online National Brewery Centre Archives has been supported by the National Brewery Heritage Trust (NBHT). The Archives give access to an ever-developing catalogue of a treasure trove of items covering 250 years of brewing in Britain. Currently just five thousand of around half a million of these items are on public display at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-on-Trent. But now beer lovers and history enthusiasts can access many more via this online archive, which includes a substantial and growing number of digital images of adverts, pub and brewery photos, books and records.
The Archives tell the history of the UK brewing and pub industries and their impact on the UK’s economy and way of life. Archive users can explore collections covering all aspects of beer and pubs including advertising, farming, brewing in wartime and transport as well as search for information about brewing industry personalities and famous British brewing and pub companies. Closer to home researchers can seek out historic photos of their own local pub or brewery, as well as social and family history.
Comments Harry White, NBHT Chairman: “Our aim is accessibility so we’re delighted that we’ve been able to start cataloguing our unique collection of brewing and pub heritage and opening on-line access for people to use for research, education and general interest. We’ve started by digitising many of the more popular items in the collection, such as photos of historic pubs, breweries, brewing equipment, packaging & advertising, but this is a work in progress and more records and images will be added to the catalogue day by day.”
While the Trust and NBC volunteers can digitise items up to A3 in size we require funds to be able to digitise anything above this size e.g. plans and posters or anything not in paper format e.g. photographic negatives, lantern slides or conversion of audio-visual material to MP3, MP4 etc.