The Ale & Hearty Exhibition

The exhibition was mounted by the Friends of Chelmsford Museums and the Chelmsford and Mid-Essex Branch of CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale). It was supported by a grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund and the efforts of the staff of the Museum. Whilst this was the first exhibition at Chelmsford Museum by CAMRA, the Friends had already mounted six previous displays – for further information see Friends website.

A 28-page booklet was published free of charge as a permanent reminder of the exhibition and its theme. Subsequently a Walking Guide to the Pubs and Breweries of Central Chelmsford and Moulsham was made available to the public, also free. Both of these publications are available to download in the Downloads section of this site.

A series of four lectures was given during the exhibition at the Museum on the art of brewing, beer and soldiers in the First World War, Shakespeare’s Local and malt and malting, all of which were well attended. Over twenty thousand people may have seen the exhibition and it was thought useful to keep open this website as a database both of information and images related to the subject.

Information and features such as sound recordings will be added from time to time as shown in under Downloads.

Should visitors to the site wish to add comments and reminiscences, there is a an opportunity to do so to enhance our knowledge over the centuries of the development and importance of the public houses, breweries and other businesses connected with the licensed trade to the town, now city, of Chelmsford.