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Joint BHS / Guild of Beer Writers Seminar – “Beer writing – past, present and future”

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

British Guild of Beer Writers/Brewery History Society

 “Beer writing – past, present and future”

Thursday, 23rd October 2014.

10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

The Hook Norton Brewery

Brewery Lane

Hook Norton


OX15 5NY



The British Guild of Beer Writers and the Brewery History Society are holding a joint one day seminar entitled “Beer Writing; past, present and future”.  This will review how beer writing has developed over the past two hundred years; examine coverage of beer in the modern media and explore how beer communication might evolve in the digital age.










James Clarke


Beer writing in the Victorian era


James Sumner


Gravity, Tint and Bitterness: Beer Writers 1900-1960.


Ray Anderson



The birth of modern beer writing-

1960 to the present day


Ray Newman


Does beer get its fair share of the voice?

Beer in the media today.


Marverine Cole







“Taking the past into the future: new approaches to preserving and sharing our heritage”


Nick Stanhope
“We are what we do”.


Panel debate

“How do we ensure that beer writing has a glorious future?”


Chair – Adrian Tierney-Jones



Brewery Tour




Close for a beer (or two!)



The workshop is being held at Hook Norton’s stunning Victorian Tower Brewery is the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.  Transport will be provided to and from Banbury Station for those travelling by train. 


The workshop is free of charge to members of the Guild and Brewery History Society and their guests.  There is a fee of £25 for non-members.  Please RSVP to Angie Armitage at Cask Marque    Please let Angie know if you require transport from the station. 

‘Built to Brew’ by Lynn Pearson, published by English Heritage

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Architectural historian and BHS member, Dr Lynn Pearson, has written a stunning book which has just been published by English Heritage
This is available from the BHS book shop (please mention that you are a BHS member when ordering; see and is described by Paul Travis below –
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‘Built to Brew, The history and heritage of the brewery’ has been written by Lynn Pearson, published by English Heritage this June, with a price of £25. Looking at the book is not dissimilar to the sensation of viewing a select large box of excellent chocolates – whatever you choose is full of delight, both for the chocolates and for this book – any page in the book will reveal interesting information supported by plenty of good illustrations. But to avoid flitting from one section to another go to the contents list where you will see the structure of the book – from the starting point of ‘beer’, then to early brewers (Iron Age, medieval, country-house), development of commercial breweries in the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries up to the present. Then into more detailed analysis of the brewery – the design and planning of the brewery by prominent brewery architects and their works and the insides of the brewery – the equipment for the processes. Powering the brewery looks at the various systems – manpower, wind & water, steam, gas & electricity. A couple more chapters – Burton-on-Trent, the Beer Capital deserves its heritage, growth and decline, and other buildings associated with breweries – such as offices, monuments, plaques, social facilities and finally the current brewery buildings and those that have been lost. The appendices are generous too – chapter notes, bibliography, glossary, Indexes of  breweries and locations, illustration credits.
The book structure is logical and the content is relevant and clear and interesting and well supported with good illustrations; the comments on the benefits of the brewery buildings to the environment (and their loss) are well made.
The book is not cheap financially but the overall content of the book is good value makes £25 well worthwhile.

Researching Brewery and Publican Ancestors

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Simon Fowler, BHS member, former editor of various family history magazines and employee at The National Archives (TNA) for many years, tells me he has unearthed some nice new material relating to our passion and will be giving a talk on the subject at:

The National Archives, Kew TW9 4DU details at Date: 13 October 2-3pm. Free. “You are supposed to get a ticket on the day, but I can’t imagine it will be over-subscribed, so just turn up.”

I copy the flyer below and hope to see you there


“Brewers and Barmaids”: Researching Brewery and Publican Ancestors

There is perhaps nothing more English than the public house. Once every village had an alehouse, while towns offered licensed premises to suit every taste and pocket. The trade employed large numbers of workers in a variety of roles. In 1901 the number of licensees alone peaked at more than 100,000. As a result many of us have ancestors who worked behind the bar or made the beer which was enjoyed by all social classes and travelled around the world. Using material at The National Archives and county record offices this talk will tell the story of Britain’s pubs and breweries and describe the key sources which can be used to trace ancestors who ran pubs or worked in breweries.

Simon Fowler has worked at The National Archives on and off for over thirty years and is now a freelance writer and historian and recently wrote a guide to pub and brewery records for the Family History Partnership. At present he is organising the annual conference of the Pub History Society which will take place on 26 November.

Talk on researching brewery and publican ancestors

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

BHS member and well known historian, Simon Fowler, is giving a talk on researching brewery and publican ancestors –

21st May at 12.30pm – Essex FHS, Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford
Their website is as follows, but this was still to be updated the last time I looked

I just missed a presentation of this talk at my local West Surrey FHS a few days ago, but Simon is giving it again later in the year at The National Archives on 13 October (2pm-3pm)

The National Archives – brewery related accessions

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

I have received the following note from The National Archives.

If you follow the link to the TNA page you can see the content of the attached list, or those for previous years back to 1994 (where the first entry features us!)

Happy researching


—– Forwarded Message —-
From:Logiudice, Rosie” <>
To: “” <>
Sent: Tuesday, 24 August, 2010 13:39:25
Subject: Accessions to Repositories 2009 [UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear Jeff Sechiari


We have now completed the Accessions to Repositories programme 2009 and this information will shortly be available on our website at In its annual ‘Accessions to Repositories’ survey The National Archives collects information from over two hundred record repositories throughout the British Isles about manuscript accessions received in the previous twelve months. This information is added to the indexes to the National Register of Archives, and it is also edited and used to produce thirty-three thematic digests which are made available through The National Archives web site and distributed for publication in a number of learned journals and newsletters.