The National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent is being threatened with closure. The Grade II Listed brewery building is owned by Molson Coors, which is proposing to re-use the museum building as the new headquarters for its 500 staff in Burton. The intention is to switch from their current HQ in High Street to the brewery centre site. The museum is housed in the former Joiner’s shop of Bass’s Middle Brewery, which was built in 1866. The three-storey, brick-built structure, is 12 bays long.
Molson Coors’ High Street building will be demolished to make way for a new waterside development in the town centre. The waterside development is being led by the Burton Town Deal Board, which will spend £5 million in Government grants to create the development fronting the River Trent as part of the regeneration of the town centre. Molson Coors commented that ‘We’re committed to working with Planning Solutions Limited, the National Brewing Heritage Trust and the council to manage the closure of the site as sensitively as possible and finding the right new home for our industry’s important heritage.’
The Heritage Brewery Trust, which runs the centre, has said that a “selection” of its half-a-million brewing artefacts housed at the museum will be moved to Bass House, on the High Street. Currently 5,000 items including machinery are on display at the centre.
The National Brewery Centre’s website site can be found here: https://nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk/
A campaign has been launched to save the Brewery Centre on its current site. The petition can be found here: https://www.change.org/p/save-burton-s-national-brewery-centre?recruiter=161984374&recruited_by_id=1f2fbeae-b677-488b-9e39-654f3351841a&utm_source=share_petition&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_content=cl_sharecopy_34423556_en-GB%3A6