‘DEFINING landmark’ were the words used to describe the moment a body tasked with safeguarding Burton’s brewing heritage was officially registered as a trust.
The National Brewery Heritage Trust Ltd can now apply for and accept charitable donations in a bid ‘expand and renovate’ the collection of brewing artefacts at the National Brewery Centre in Horninglow Street.
The action group was founded in 2009 in response to the closure of the town’s brewing museum.
Now it has been successfully registered as a trust, directors are only weeks away from announcing its first major project.
Keith Norris, trust chairman, said: “This is a defining landmark in the development of the working group culminating in the success registration as the National Brewery Heritage Trust.
“This not only enhances the prestige of the centre but will allow us to accept charitable donations in order to expand and renovate the existing collection.
“We will also be able to bid for funding to support major developments.”
The trust is a non-profit organisation, staffed by volunteers, which acts as guardians of the museum’s artefacts works with Molson Coors and Planning Solutions, which runs the attraction, to maintain and expand the collection.
Mr Norris added: “The continuing success and development of the centre is reliant on the support of local people and businesses.”
The group was a vital component in working closely with Coors and Planning Solutions to get the centre re-opened in November 2009.
It registered as a charity in 2012 and some of its key aims include increasing public access to the archive material hidden away at the centre and to put a greater emphasis on educational displays and events focused on the impact of the brewing industry.
Invited guests will be on hand at the centre on Tuesday, October 8 to see the trust outline its aims and announced its first major project.