Rare Brews: from cottage to industry

This exhibition of rare books reveals the rich and fascinating history of brewing. Commencing as a domestic craft primarily performed by women and changing to the scientifically measurable occupation which was commercialised and industrialised in the 18th century.

Rare Brews: from cottage to industry features brewing recipes dating back to the 16th century, including possibly the first known English beer recipe to contain hops. Peruse 17th century brewing guides and explore architectural plans for home breweries. You will also have an opportunity to see the first known English text on hop cultivation, and explore key scientific texts by Louis Pasteur and Emil Christian Hansen.


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