A NEW project has been launched that will chart the impact the brewing industry has had in Burton.
The East Staffordshire arts development team is behind the bid to uncover stories about brewing in the town and its effect on people’s lives in and around Burton.
The history hunters have been handed a grant of £43,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to get the Story Wells of East Staffordshire – Burton upon Trent, a Brewing Town project off the ground.
Bernard Peters, deputy leader for service commissioning for the borough council, said: “Do you have a story to tell? We want to preserve your stories for future generations of Burtonians.
“We are interested in finding members of the general public who could share their stories.
“We are sure that many Burton people have some connection to our industrial heritage – it may be that you are an ex brewery worker or may have a friend or family member who was.
“It may also be that the breweries touched your life in other ways – for example, you may have had a connection through social activities or may have lived in a brewery-owned property. If you have a story to tell or work with a community group who you think could take part, please let us know.”
The project team will research stories about living in Burton in the 1960s and 1970s, targeting those who worked in the industry and those whose lives have been touched by the industry.
They will work in conjunction with Burton’s National Brewery Centre, members of the public, community groups and schools, and offer a programme of public storytelling events and community reminiscence sessions.
The team will share the stories that have been collected and celebrate what they have learned through Facebook, publishing a free booklet and DVD of people’s stories, and through an exhibition of the work and weekend of events at the Brewhouse, in Union Street, in October 2014.
As part of the project, the team is looking to recruit budding historians who are interested in helping to collect such stories.
The volunteers will be trained in oral history and story collecting techniques to gather, record and share the tales collected.
Anyone interested in taking part in the project is urged to email Susan Khan at firstname.lastname@example.org