Beer: A history of brewing and drinking



Britain’s first national drink will be the focus of an exciting new exhibition at Temple Newsam House.

At a time when drinking water was often contaminated, beer offered a safe and nutritious alternative enjoyed across all social scales. It was even used to treat a range of ailments and diseases, from jaundice to ‘the King’s Evil’.

The exhibition reveals life on Temple Newsam Estate through the eyes of the staff and aristocrats who lived, worked, brewed and drank here. New stories have been uncovered from the estate archives, including that of female brewer Elizabeth Pease, who provided ale for the estate for over 30 years during the 18th century.

Visitors will have the chance to see objects from Leeds’s important collection of ceramics and view areas of the house in a new light. Now a popular area on tours, back in 1869 the cellars were liberally stocked with 3,800 gallons of ale and 2,200 of beer.

An exciting programme of events will be on offer throughout the estate, including tasting sessions and an intoxication trail. More information will follow in early 2018.

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Type Price
Tickets Free with admission to the museum


24/03/2018 - 27/10/2018

Opening Hours

Sun 10:30 17:00
Tue 10:30 17:00
Wed 10:30 17:00
Thu 10:30 17:00
Fri 10:30 17:00
Sat 10:30 17:00

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