HISTORY lovers are being encouraged to take part in an ambitious project to collect memories of Burton’s brewing heritage.
The Story Wells project, funded by the Heritage Lottery and East Staffordshire Borough Council, is looking to build up a complete picture of what it was like to live in the town and work for the breweries in the 1960s and 1970s.
The scheme is set to encompass pictures, videos and stories of people who lived during that era and culminate in a series of special exhibitions and screening events.
Bernard Peters, deputy leader for service commissioning at the borough council, said: “This is another council art project which celebrates Burton’s history and heritage.
“Being a proud Burtonian, I can remember the 60s and 70s and I’m very much looking forward to sharing my memories on our historic breweries.
“I would urge as many people as possible to come along to the free event at our magnificent Brewhouse arts centre and share historic memories with other like-minded people.”
The Story Wells tea and tales morning will take place from 10.30am to noon on Wednesday, November 27, at the Brewhouse.
Those who attend will be able to reminisce and, over tea and cake, watch a screening of photographs showing Burton in the 1960s and 1970s.
Refreshments will be provided.
The project team will research stories about living in Burton all those years ago, targeting people who worked in the brewing industry and those whose lives have been touched by it.
They will work in conjunction with Burton’s National Brewery Centre, members of the public, community groups and schools.
The team will also share the stories that have been collected and celebrate what they have learned through Facebook, publishing a free booklet and DVD of people’s tales.
The history hunters have been handed a grant of £43,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to get the Story Wells project off the ground.
Anyone interested in taking part is urged to email Susan Khan at email@example.com, or call 01283 508100.