Town Brewery Exhibition to Address History, Addiction and More at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Town Brewery Exhibition to Address History, Addiction and More at Warrington Museum & Art GalleryA fascinating exhibition on Warrington's brewing history also offers support and inspiration for those living with alcohol addiction.

Beer, Breweries and the Band of Hope, on display at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery until Saturday 2 September, provides a fascinating look back at one of the oldest trades in existence - by the Middle Ages every town including Warrington was home to brewers working on a commercial scale.

This display commemorates the 150th anniversary of one of the region's most prolific breweries, Burtonwood Brewery, as well as focussing on the local Temperance movement which grew in response to the number of breweries in the town.

Craig Sherwood, collections officer for Culture Warrington, the charity which runs the museum, said: "Before the 19th century many believed alcohol was essential to life and wellbeing; it was also safer to drink beer as most town water supplies were heavily polluted - even children would drink the occasional beer.

"But concerns over drunkenness and rowdy behaviour which could develop from excessive drinking led some to advocate abstinence, believing alcohol was responsible for society's ills and that reform was needed."

Safe drinking limits are explored, with information available from charities and organisations such as Pathways to Recovery which supports people with alcohol-related problems.

The display also features present day testimonies from people who have struggled with alcohol addiction and are now accessing support through projects such as Warrington Borough Council's Creative Remedies, a social prescribing scheme which supports people with a variety of needs through activities including art, photography and music.

A documentary on The Recoverists, a group of local musicians and artists who have battled addiction and recovery by coming together to perform, explores the impact of alcohol on musicians.

Craig added: "The Recoverists are promoting the positive impact which musical creativity can have on people who have battled addiction.

"We at Culture Warrington are privileged to present this documentary as part of Beer, Breweries and the Band of Hope and I'd like to say a big thankyou to those who shared their stories for the sake of this display.

"Credit also goes to Pathways and its partners for their support in this project and the amazing services they provide for people in recovery."

IF YOU GO:

Beer, Breweries and the Band of Hope

Dates: Until Saturday 2 September

Times: All day

Admission: Free

Location: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, Warrington, WA1 1JB

Info: www.warringtonmuseum.co.uk

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery is one of the oldest museums in the country. Opened in 1848, much of the quintessential character of the building has been preserved and its original glass cabinets are crammed with treasures from all around the world.

The venue is run by Culture Warrington, which is a charitable trust that was established in May 2012 to also manage Pyramid & Parr Hall and cultural events across the town including Warrington Festival and Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.

The permanent galleries feature a wealth of material from the natural world and also local pieces from Warrington's history. The art gallery showcases the work of local, national and internationally renowned artists and recent exhibitions have featured Banksy, Tracey Emin and Sam Taylor-Wood.

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery also provides an exciting schools programme on many themes, including Egyptians, toys from the past, and special early years sessions.


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