Inver House Distillers, 50th Anniversary Oral History Project

  • Walker, David, Inver House Distillers Ltd (Researcher)

Project: Research

Project Details


An oral history research project conducted with 50 current and former employees of Inver House Distillers who played key roles in its success from 1964 to the present day. The interviews were digitally recorded, stored and preserved alongside newly discovered documentary and photographic evidence which helps form a new archive created by Inver House Distillers for future research use. An anniversary book has also been written which includes extracts taken from the oral history interviews and illustrated by many of the newly discovered images. The book is published by Inver House Distillers and will be used as promotional material by this international firm to help celebrate their 50th Anniversary.

Layman's description

A research project which used newly found documents, images and oral history testimonies to tell the story of Inver House Distillers who have operated as an international distillers in Airdrie, Scotland, from 1964 to the present day.

Key findings

This research provides new information about the business and technological development of Inver House Distillers. It also delivers an historical narrative on the original American owners, Publicker Industries, which began its rise at the end of the nineteenth century before reaching a dominant position in the American market by the mid twentieth century. Utilising both documentary and oral history sources this research helps reveal the business and technological decisions that were taken by Publicker until Inver House Distillers formed a management buy-out in 1988. The story then follows the development of the firm until the present day including the sale of the Company to Pacific Spirits in 2001 and in 2006 when Inver House Distillers announced that it was to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Beverage Holdings (InterBev), the international arm of Thai Beverages (ThaiBev), one of the largest alcoholic drinks companies in south-east Asia. This research includes detailed descriptions and first-hand accounts of the various aspects of production, storage, sales and business development.
Effective start/end date8/01/1330/11/14


  • oral history
  • distillers
  • whisky


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