UK: The History of Alcohol (1690-1920). Free exhibition in the National Archives Museum
From 14 June 2006 until 31 March 2007.
This exhibition traces the history of beer and spirits. It will examine how successive governments have regulated the industry through taxation, and attempts by Customs Officers to stamp out smuggling.
Consumer protection will be illustrated by an unusual 1700´s tavern mug, stamped with an official capacity mark and documents which reveal Thomas Paine´s agitations as a Customs Officer before he wrote his revolutionary book The Rights Of Man. Many nineteenth century advertisements and brand labels will be on display, testament to the significance of the drink business. The first ever trademark, registered by Bass, will be included. The exhibition ends in 1920 after pub culture was undermined by legislation to control drinking, particularly among munitions workers, during the First World War.
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