ARCHIVES AND BEER: THE PERFECT COMBINATION

Thanks to the good offices of our friends at the Campaign for Real Ale(CAMRA), the role of archives and records in understanding the importanceof beer to the economic and social development of the UK and Ireland gota boost recently.

 ARCHIVES AND BEER: THE PERFECT COMBINATION

CAMRA LogoThanks to the good offices of our friends at the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the role of archives and records in understanding the importance of beer to the economic and social development of the UK and Ireland got a boost recently.

The Spring 2017 edition of CAMRA’s magazine Beer, contained an article that included what stimulated Arthur Guinness and Co to develop the famous black stuff, to (surprising) export markets for Scottish ale in the early twentieth century.

In addition, who knew that Spitfires were used to ship Strong & Co ale kegs to troops in France after D-Day, that the railways were central to the development of mass brewing in nineteenth century England and that Ceredigion in west Wales has records of over 900 pubs (that you can ‘visit’ online)?

Members who want to read a pdf of the article in Beer, click here:   

Copyright rests with CAMRA, so please don’t reproduce it without their permission.

Sincere thanks to colleagues at the Guinness Archive in Dublin, the Scottish Brewing Archive at the University of Glasgow, the Business Archives Council, David Turner at York University, the National Brewery Centre Archive (for England) in Burton-on-Trent, Ceredigion Archives, Hampshire Record Office, the City of Westminster Archives Centre and others for their enthusiastic and diverse contributions to the article.

CAMRA has over 170,000 members and active local sections across Britain and Ireland. If you think you might have items in your records of interest to real ale aficionados, why not reach out to your local group? Given the explosion of micro-breweries in the UK and Ireland in the last twenty years and the importance many attach to local community identity, maybe you could also offer advice and support to these companies on how to grow their brands or preserve and manage their records and archives?