New Hertford Brewery museum / exhibition


Val Bott has sent us the following about a new museum-

Hertford shoppers have a new Sainsbury’s, and with it comes a small museum exhibition about the Hertford Brewery and the McMullen family. Wandering into the store, you can see straight away that Sainsbury’s have taken seriously the planning requirement that they should interpret the history of the Brewery. The store designer team commissioned high quality line drawings of a number of local landmarks – including several with McMullen connections – and these have become a fine mural in the entrance atrium.

The store occupies the site of the 1980s lager building. With it they had to buy the 1891 tower brewery alongside. They have restored the structure beautifully – the lease is now on offer for conversion into apartments of workspaces or both. The new museum is in the ground floor of the Copper House, with access just to this part of the old building via the smart little café in the store. It has been greeted enthusiastically by supermarket customers.

The museum exhibition houses the smallest of the fermentation vessels rescued from the brewery building, elegant graphics, a number of items on open display and a huge showcase of objects lent by the McMullens from their company archive. A small case provides the modern Hertford Brewery with a chance to promote its seasonal beers.

Worth a visit if you are in the area – and the opening hours are the longest of any museum as they match those of the store.

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