Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Drink: The History of Alcohol 1690-1920

This exhibition traces the history of beer and spirits. It examines how successive governments have regulated the industry through taxation, and attempts by Customs Officers to stamp out smuggling.

Many nineteenth century advertisements and brand labels are on display, testament to the significance of the drink business. The first ever trademark, registered by Bass, is included. The exhibition ends in 1920 after pub culture was undermined by legislation to control drinking, particularly among munitions workers, during the First World War. for more click here

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