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New exhibition focusing on brewing history at West Berkshire Museum

Find out the story of brewing in West Berkshire, from home brewing to local industry.

Posted by: Communications team on 12 January 2022 11:58
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West Berkshire Museum is excited to announce its brand new exhibition 'Barrels and Bottles', which opens on Wednesday 19th January. This is the Museum's first new exhibition of the year and will share with visitors the story of brewing in West Berkshire, from home brewing to local industry. The exhibition looks at the tools and methods used, the families involved with brewing and the impact on local residents, buildings and the economy.

Visitors will be able to see historic objects from the Museum collection created or used in the brewing industry including bottles, barrels, crates and memorabilia. There will also be photographs and documents illustrating the breweries at different time periods. The Museum has welcomed support in its research from volunteers and community experts, who have helped in the development of the panels and labels.

Councillor Howard Woollaston, Executive Member for Culture said:

"The fascinating history of brewing in West Berkshire indicates how varied and enterprising our local industries have been. Breweries have played an important role in the economic development of the district for over 300 years. Both I and our Heritage Champion, Councillor James Cole, look forward to visiting this wonderful new exhibition."

The exhibition can be seen during the usual opening hours, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm. For further information, please call 01635 519532 or email Museum@westberks.gov.uk. Visit West Berkshire Museum - What's On to see the Museum's full programme of exhibitions and events.

Last modified: 12 January 2022 12:05

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