National Brewery Centre Archives now available online

Jacopo Mazzeo

Jacopo Mazzeo

27 July 2020

The National Brewery Centre Archives’ historical collection of brewing-related information and images is now available to consult online

The creation of this online database has been supported by charity the National Brewery Heritage Trust (NBHT).

The National Brewery Centre Archives feature around half a million items spanning 250 years of British brewing history. Currently, about 5,000 items of this ever-growing collection are publicly displayed at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-on-Trent, while many more are now free to access on the newly launched online database.

‘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,’ said NBHT chairman Harry White, commenting on the launch.

‘We’ve started by digitising many of the more popular items in the collection, such as photos of historic pubs, breweries, brewing equipment, packaging and advertising, but this is a work in progress and more records and images will be added to the catalogue day by day.’

The archive’s collection covers a number of different aspects of Britain’s brewing heritage, from advertising to farming, and from industry personalities to influential brewing firms and pub companies.

This £50,000 digitalisation project has taken two years so far, and has benefited from a crowdfunding campaign, corporate and individual donors, as well as grants awarded by a number of organisations including the Consolidated Charity of Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire Community Foundation, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Brewers’ Research Education Fund.

The online archive can be accessed at nbcarchives.co.uk/.

Related content

News |  Beer & Cider

Opinion: Will cask beer be our lipstick of choice in the post covid-19 recession?

It’s cask beer's uniqueness and tight interconnection with people and communities that, in the post-covid-19 recession, will turn it into our affordable luxury of choice, says news editor Jacopo Mazzeo.

News |  Beer & Cider

Opinion: 'We're on the precipice of a cask revival'

Despite a significant drop in sales in 2018, passion for cask ale is being reignited across the industry with the likes of BrewDog and Cloudwater re-e

News |  Beer & Cider

Estrella Galicia now available in 660ml bottles.

The brewer said the new bottle-size was for sharing with food

News |  Mixers & More

Ginger concentrate Gimber now available in the UK

Belgian brand Gimber adds to the rise in cordials and shrubs available to the UK on-trade.