Hook Norton Brewery wins Lottery Fund support
Hook Norton Brewery wins Heritage Lottery Fund support
Oxfordshire based Hook Norton Brewery has received £90,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Hooked on Tradition: Accessing Hook Norton’s Brewery Heritage. The project focuses on the Brewery site and unites the staff and volunteers in a range of improvements to the site aimed at making the unique heritage of this Victorian tower brewery more accessible.
Work will begin shortly to conserve & repair one of the grade 2 listed chimneys attached to the main brewery building. At the same time a programme of activities and events will be launched to provide new opportunities for volunteering and improve information for people visiting the Brewery and its website. The project will run until November 2014.
The work to repair and conserve the chimney is the catalyst for improvements to visitor information about Hooky, as it is affectionately known. New opportunities for volunteering will be created on a project to film the chimney conservation and new volunteer roles will be created within the Brewery’s museum. A group of level 2 brickwork students from a local college will also be given the opportunity to work on the chimney repairs. The project includes an open day for the museum and improvements to signage around the site.
Based in the village of Hook Norton, the Brewery is a family business. Brewing still takes place on the site where it was founded in 1849. Today the Brewery owns over 40 pubs in the region and welcomes over 10,000 visitors a year to its original site, Visitor Centre, and Museum. The main Brewery building contains many original features such as the steam engine, now over 100 years old and still functioning. Local deliveries are made by Shire horses, which live in the stables behind the Brewery.
This award from HLF is a great recognition of the heritage of Hook Norton Brewery and the work carried out by the team there to preserve it. James Clarke, Managing Director of Brewing, said: “We are lucky to work in such a wonderful traditional Victorian Brewery, and we do our best to maintain the fabric of the building and encourage visitors. The grant will allow us to further develop this part of the Brewery and its history, and help secure the future. We are delighted to have been awarded this grant.”