Archive for January, 2012

BHS on Radio

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

I was asked to talk on the radio last Sunday (22 Jan) – BBC Radio Solent (not quite Radio 4, but still)

The idea was to do about 25 minutes on the breweries of the Isle of Wight. In the end I didn’t manage to say much at all about the Island’s breweries – I spent about 3 days biting my finger nails and brushing up on facts and figures, really to no avail. Still, it was an experience and we spent much of the time chatting about the BHS, so I am awaiting a flood of new members!

The programme was Bruce Parker’s Magical History Tour and was looking at the South’s pubs, breweries and vineyards – the link is should you wish to see more, or even listen for a while. As you will hear, having been called by the programme staff, we got off to a terrible start when he couldn’t hear me – presumably a button needed pressing at their end, but it wasn’t good for the nerves.

It also included an interview with Jeremy Pope (of Eldridge Pope), David Jones on Cowes pubs (he has just produced an excellent book on this topic) and Dave Goddard on Southampton’s pubs.

I don’t think I shall be giving up the day job (retirement)



Another brewery blog

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

This is just to let you know that I’m writing a new book about the history, heritage and architecture of (mainly) English breweries. It is due for publication towards the end of 2013, and if you’d like to see how things are going and look at a few brewery photos, share in the research results and so on, there’s a little blog about the book that you can follow at – enjoy!

Lynn Pearson