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Ale and Hearty Exhibition for Heritage Open Days

Strike a Light hosts an exhibiton event for Heritage Open Days on Friday 9th September 1-7pm & Saturday 1-5pm

Mezzanine Level, 8 Marshalls Row, Open Market, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4JU

An exhibition specially for Heritage Open Days which focuses on the history of brewing in Lewes, East Sussex and its related industrial and agricultural links from the 18th Century to the present day, a period of some 200 years. The exhibition looks at Lewes’s working life in relation to Breweries, agricultural workers and rural life and trades. It also links in with abstinence and religious culture locally at the time, as well as a clear relation between trades and society through social clubs.
The exhibition runs along these thematic lines –
Introduction
Breweries in decline
Hops and songs
old breweries
Revival of micro breweries
A project in partnership with Harveys Brewery.

Opening Times

  • Friday 9 September: 12-7pm
  • Saturday 10 September: 1-5pm

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

There is an accessible lift by the stairs to the Mezzanine level and doors upstairs are wheelchair accessible.

Directions

Inside Brighton’s Open Market (off London Road) on the top Mezzanine Level. Access lift beside stairs to the Mezzanine level

Website

cloud8.uk/new//projects/ale-and-hearty/

Organised by

Strike a Light

Brighton Breweries of note

Pleased to see two Brighton landmarks in this list of old breweries of note in the UK just published in the Built to Brew document from Historic England. This links in nicely with our Ale and Hearty project from 2014, although a shame that Harveys Brewery in Lewes wasn’t mentioned.
The two Brighton ones depicted are the old brewery on Black Lion Street, Brighton and a long gone one we’d never even heard of in old Portslade village.
 
The Black Lion Brewery in Brighton is said to date from the mid 16th century, although the buildings we see in this late 1960s view are probably early 18th century. Door openings on first and second floors allowed brewing materials to be hoisted up and into the brewery. It was once owned by Flemish refugee Deryk Carver who was burnt at the stake in Lewes in 1555 for refusing to recant his Protestantism. He was put in a barrel before his execution in order to mock the brewing profession. The Black Lion was rebuilt as a facsimile in 1974, but the cellars beneath, which may be 16th century, still exist.
 
The middle of the 19th century was a crucial period for the development of brewery architecture. With the introduction of steam power around the start of the 19th century came the professional brewery engineers who rapidly rose to dominate the field of brewery design and construction. One such practice was Scammell and Colyer who designed the Portslade Brewery in Brighton for Dudney & Sons in 1881. The most distinctive feature is its tall, detached, decorative chimney with a massive base sporting the company logo entwined with barley stalks and bunches of hops.
 
Read more about beer and breweries in Built to Brew: The history and heritage of the brewery, written by architectural historian Lynn Pearson and published by Historic England in 2014.

Ale and Hearty final event – 2014

Strike a Light hosted a project book launch recently in Lewes (January 2014).

This involved a drop-in crafts workshop to make slumber pillows using heritage local hops, showcasing our Ale and Hearty project exhibition, a screening of our Ale Tales film, wild food cafe, and free beer tasting.

The hit of the evening was a round table discussion about brewing with Miles Jenner, Master Brewer from Harveys Brewery, David Muggleton – Editor of The Sussex DrinkerGodfrey Broster the brewing vicar, and John Copper of the singing Copper Family.

We had a packed house and a great time, in part due to the generous beer provisions donated by Harveys of Lewes!

Ale and Hearty was an HLF funded social history project about brewing and related agriculture and industry around Lewes.

This project is now finished – 2014

 

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Ale and Hearty hosts—the Vintage Mobile Cinema (for Lewes Heritage Open Days)

HODS weekendA free weekend cinema experience in Lewes, for Heritage Open Days on 14th & 15th September

The Ale and Hearty project hosts the Vintage Mobile Cinema, showcasing a bespoke short film celebrating bygone days of hop-picking, brewing and Sussex traditions, with vintage footage.

Come see our secret cinema and fascinating cinematic archive over the weekend, and enjoy the luxury of the red carpet treatment! We will be showing the film three times per hour, daily.

The Vintage Mobile Cinema is a 22 seater cinema open to all:www.vintagemobilecinema.co.uk/events

This event for Lewes Heritage Open Days, is part of the Ale and Hearty project celebrating lost breweries and brewing in the Lewes area.

Event at:  

Harveys Brewery car park,                                                                                                                       Corner of North Court & Harveys Way,                                                                                             Lewes                                                                                                                                                                            BN7 2JW

(No parking available at venue)

On: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th Sept 10.00-4.00pm

To find out more, please contact Ale and Hearty Project Coordinator:                           aleandheartylewes@gmail.com

Ale and Hearty is a Heritage Lottery Funded Lewes based  project, looking at the heritage of brewing in the town.

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