Scope and Content

Consists of records relating to the work of E.S. Beaven at Warminster on the development of new barley varieties, and the establishment of the British Seed Corn Association Ltd for the distribution of these varieties; and to subsequent developmental work at the Guinness Barley Research Station Warminster 1828-1967

Administrative / Biographical History

E.S. Beaven (1857-1941) was one of the leading breeders of barley in the first half of the twentieth century. He was a maltster in Warminster, Wiltshire, and he began to make experimental trials of barley. One outcome of his experiments was a new variety, Plumage-Archer, which was one of the principal types of malting barleys until new hybrids, such as Proctor, were introduced after the Second World War. Much of Beaven's work was published posthumously in the book Barley (1947). Both the maltings and the experimental station were taken over by Arthur Guinness, Son and Company (Park Royal) Ltd.


  • TR GUI/AD2 General Administrative and Commercial Records
  • TR GUI/AD2/1-135 Correspondence and other papers relating to the British Seed Corn Association
  • TR GUI/AD4 Premises Records
  • TR GUI/AD4/1 File, sites for makings
  • TR GUI/ET1 Records of Experiments and Trials
  • TR GUI/ET1/1-68 Barley Trials Plot Books
  • TR GUI/ET1/69-70 Barley Collections Books
  • TR GUI/ET1/71-78 Miscellaneous material
  • TR GUI/ET3 General Research Records
  • TR GUI/ET3/1-22 Records relating mainly to Beaven's work as maltster
  • TR GUI/ET3/1-16 Papers and reports
  • TR GUI/ET3/17-22 Newspaper Cuttings Books
  • TR GUI/ET3/23-53 Records relating mainly to Beaven's barley research
  • TR GUI/ET3/23-28 Papers
  • TR GUI/ET3/29-33 Notebooks
  • TR GUI/ET3/34-61 Miscellaneous material including research notes, correspondence etc.
  • TR GUI/PH2 Compilations of Photographic Prints
  • TR GUI/PH2/1 Photograph album: the lifestory of a barley plant
  • TR GUI/SP3 Records of Products
  • TR GUI/SP3/1 Handbill
  • TR GUI/SP5 Other Records
  • TR GUI/SP51 Newspaper cuttings

Access Information

Available for consultation

Acquisition Information

Records deposited July 1971 Gift DX104 and Sep 1971 DX105


Compiled by Zoe Watson, March 2004

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A detailed catalogue is available at the Museum of English Rural Life

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