Burton’s Member of Parliament, Kate Griffiths, has today (Friday 25th June) visited the National Brewery Centre in Horninglow Street, Burton, to celebrate the town’s proud brewing history, and see the work of the National Brewery Heritage Trust, a charity protecting and preserving Britain’s brewing heritage.
Kate met with Harry White, Chair of the National Brewing Heritage Trust, along with his fellow trustees, Wendy Toon and Terry Critchley, to hear about the valuable work of the Trust and particularly about the new archive, www.nbcarchives.co.uk, which gives online accessibility to Burton’s unique brewing heritage.
During the visit, Kate was also given a demonstration of online archive, which was launched during the pandemic. Billed as a ‘treasure trove of items’, the digital catalogue covers 250 years of brewing in Britain, and highlights Burton’s place as the heart of this industry. Kate also saw some traditional brewing industry vehicles including a barley wagon that has been lovingly restored by the Trust’s volunteers, and of course, the shire horses, a lovely reminder of a bygone era, which visitors can now see regularly.
The Trust is based at the National Brewery Centre, the popular tourist attraction which houses the collection. Over the last year, Kate has supported the National Brewery Centre, and successfully intervened to help them secure grant funding from East Staffordshire Borough Council to sustain them through some challenging months when the pandemic forced them to close.
Speaking after the visit, Kate Griffiths MP said:
“It was wonderful to meet Harry and the trustees of the NBHT. The Trust plays an essential role in documenting the history of British brewing, and Burton as its capital.
“I was pleased to be able to help Planning Solutions Ltd, who manage the National Brewery Centre, to secure a financial grant during the period of lockdown restrictions, and will continue to do all I can to support the long-term future of the Centre and of the Trust.”
Harry White, Chair of the National Brewing Heritage Trust, said:
“It was great that Kate joined us today, and we were able to show her the online archive which was launched last Summer and ensured people could continue to view our amazing collection of brewing and pub heritage throughout the period the Visitor Centre was closed due to covid. We also continue to look for new volunteers to help with the restoration and upkeep our the collection as well as to develop the online archive by cataloguing items. We would encourage anyone interested to get in touch via our website.”
Comments Mike Stickland, Planning Solutions Ltd:
“This has been a difficult time, but we are now welcoming back visitors, and encourage people to come to our events and see some of the unique collection of 500,000 artefacts and documents related to British brewing that are cared for here by the National Brewery Heritage Trust.