Records of Institute of Brewing - Scottish Section, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes of managing body 1904-1959;
  • Records relating to directors' meetings 1912-1933;
  • Letterbooks 1926-1929;
  • Public relations 1901-1982;
  • Photographs c1931.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Institute of Brewing (since 1 January 2001 the Institute & Guild of Brewing ) was formally established in London, England , in 1890. However, in 1904  the institution amalgamated with similar bodies in other parts of Britain to form the national organisation in the brewing and associated industries, with particular interest in research and the establishment of scientific and technical standards and qualifications.

By 1983 there were seven UK regional sections, an Australia and New Zealand Section and a Central and South African Section. Each section had its own rules and customs, but were bound by the Byelaws of the Institute. The first meeting of the Scottish Section of the Institute of Brewing was held in the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland, on 12 December 1904.

Initially the Institute was registered as a learned body under the Literary and Scientific Institutions Act 1854 and as such established in 1951  the Brewing Industry Research Foundation (since c1998 Brewing Research International ). In 1976  , however, the old Institute was dissolved by resolution of a majority of its members and a new incorporated Institute was created as an educational authority under the Charities Act 1960 and the Companies Act 1948 to 1967.

On 1 January 2001  , after a vote from both memberships during 2000, the Institute of Brewing and the International Brewers Guild amalgamated to form the Institute & Guild of Brewing . The Institute of Brewing and International Brewers Guild Sections re-organised themselves into five UK and three overseas Sections, namely: Scottish, Irish, Great Northern, Midlands, Southern, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and International. Central administration of the IGB - the International Support Office - is at 33 Clarges Street, London W1J 7EE, England.

The newly formed Institute is still committed to training and education and continues to conduct examinations and to award brewing qualifications. The Institute & Guild of Brewing's mission statement reads as follows: "To be the world's leading members' organisation for the advancement of education, skills and knowledge in the science and technology of brewing, distilling and related industries, so as to contribute to the continued improvement in product quality and operational efficiency, through personal development."

Sources: IGB website

Institute of Brewing Information Leaflet (see IBS 12/3/1)

Institute of Brewing - Scottish Section Minute Book (see IBS 1/6/1)

Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds). The Brewing Industry. A Guide to Historical Records ( Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990 )


The material is arranged according to the Scottish Brewing Archive classification scheme used within all SBA collections.

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Acquisition Information

Secretary of the Institute of Brewing

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File level list available in searchroom

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

The collection was previously stored with the rest of the Scottish Brewing Archive at Heriot-Watt University. It moved to the University of Glasgow in 1991. The rest of the collection was deposited in 1997 at the SBA at the University of Glasgow. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.



Related Material

GB 802302 (Private) : Records of the Institute of Brewing, London (enquiries to Business Archives Council)


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Additional Information

This material is original

Fonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archive Assistant (Hub), Tuesday 6 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Administrative history added by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 22 January 2002. Catalogue revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 12 December 2008; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 10 May 2012.