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Full Reference Details: An Oral History interview with John Bonnett.
John Bonnett
An Oral History interview with John Bonnett.
Photograph of John Bonnett taken during the Oral History interview.
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Reference Information
Archaeological Period Modern AD 1900-present
Authors Roger Kitchen.
Publication Date 30/03/2005
Landshape Zone Trent Valley Washlands
Parish Burton Upon Trent
Location Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire,
Event Start Date 1932
Event End Date 30/03/2005
Location of Original Originals held with The National Forest Company.
Reference LANt029
Detailed Description A born 'Burtonian' John Bonnett tells us how his grandfather moved to Burton from the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border to work in the famous brewing industry, married a local girl and stayed to raise a family. John's fascinating personal insights and expert knowledge lead us on a audio tour through some of the ancient 'mysteries' of brewing such as the Saladin turner and Jacob's Ladder. But it wasn't all beer and skittles....John tell us how men who worked in the 'maltings' all of their lives risked getting 'the miners disease', of silicosis, and how might you feel 'the morning after the night before' getting "inside the big vats" to "clean them out with wire wool? Victorian innovation and modern mechanisation have changed the industry since John's grandfather laboured in the maltings, but all of the by-products are still used. Find out about how even the tiny sprouts on the grain are used, hear John explain about the age old craft of Cooping and the Burton Union System......oh and then, of course, there's Marmite! The transcript of the full interview is available to read with this contribution, whilst the audio file is a small clip taken from the original recording.

Subsidary Data for Heard, Written and Remembered
Type Verbal Recollections