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26 March 2001 The Institute & Guild of Brewing
issue a prospectus, seeking a partner to accept their library
on a permanent loan basis and to manage it jointly.
July 2001 Oxford Brookes University issue their proposal,
noting the international reputation for excellence in brewing research
and dissemination of technical information held by the Brewing
Research Group of the School of Biological and Molecular Sciences.
Additionally, that the brewing library would complement other special
collections already held in the University Library, in particular
the John Fuller Collection of 7000 books and pamphlets on all aspects
of hospitality, gastronomy, catering and cookery.
11 December 2001 The Council of the Institute and
Guild of Brewing confirm acceptance of Oxford Brookes University's
proposal. Press release
January 2002 Boxes of books from the Whitbread
Library and the British Beer and Pub Association have already
6 March 2002 More than 100 boxes containing
the Institute of Brewing Technical and Historical Library (which
has been in non-accessible storage since 18 August 2000) are delivered.
09 April 2002 The first formal meeting of the joint
management committee is held with an initial remit of agreeing
a name for the collection and drafting the legal agreement
between the two partner institutions.
Spring 2002 Boxes are unpacked, books and journals are
sorted, and duplicates are identified for return to the Institute
and Guild of Brewing Library and Archive Group for sale or disposal.
2 July 2002 Cataloguing begins. By the end of November
more than 3,600 books and pamphlets will have been fully catalogued.
16 July 2002 A press release is issued by the
Public Relation Office at Oxford Brookes University announcing
the establishment of the collection and confirming the name
as "The National Brewing Library at Oxford Brookes University".
10 December 2002 The National Brewing Library
is officially opened by Dr John Andrews, President of The Institute
and Guild of Brewing and Professor Graham Upton, Vice Chancellor,
Oxford Brookes University. This event will coincide with an IGB
meetings day and Fellows Dinner, hosted by Oxford Brookes University.
December 2002 The catalogue of the National Brewing
Library will become available, with links from Oxford
Brookes University Library homepage, The Institute and Guild
of Brewing homepage, and the British Beer and Pub Association
6 January 2003 The National
Brewing Library is open to Members of the Institute and Guild
of Brewing, Oxford Brookes University and bona fide researchers
Spring 2003 The National Brewing Library website
September 2003 The collection is moved into new secure
accommodation, linked to the John Fuller Collection.
6 May 2004 The National Brewing Library Management Committee
agree the new Scope of the Collection and Aquisitions
September 2005 Oxford Brookes University opens the Buckley
Building - the new centre for research. One floor of this, attached
to the Library, forms the new Special Collections Reading Room.
The National Brewing Library, along with other special collections,
is moved into this purpose built accommodation which provides controlled
temperature and humidity, secure conditions and appropriate working
areas both for Library staff and visitors.
January 2006 A programme of conserving and protecting the older and more vulnerable books (by individual conservation boxes) begins. Completed 2012.
2008 The personal library, published books and research papers of Michael Jackson "The Beer Hunter" are gifted to Oxford Brookes Library - named as "The Michael Jackson Collection" and forming a parallel collection to the NBL.
March 2009 The Business Archives of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling are deposited in the Collection.
2009 A programme of checking the holdings of every journal begins - to identify gaps, advertise these on the website and aim to fill them.
2010 / 2011 Following the closure and dispersal of the Brewery History Society Library, a significant number of books and journals are added to the NBL and will be augmented annually by the deposit of their publishing output.
2012 Ten years of the National Brewing Library at Oxford Brookes University.
2012/ 2013 OBU plans for the move of the NBL into the new University Library, in the John Henry Brookes Building, in 2014.
2014/ 2015 OBU moves the National Brewing Library and other special collections into the new space in the John Henry Brookes building.