A day in the life of Roman Bath

A fascinating archaeological event at Bath’s Roman bathing complex offers the chance to delve 2,000 years into the past and explore the huge importance of the city in Roman times.

The exclusive “Bath and the Roman Empire” day school, on Saturday 8 February from 10am to 4pm, gives a unique chance to learn about Roman Bath and its significance in the Empire.

Looking down on the Great Bath.
Looking down on the Great Bath.

This day school includes lectures, a behind the scenes tour and object handling sessions to explore Roman Bath’s status in the province, and beyond; and will look at archaeological evidence that shows the religious activity and bathing based around the hot springs were unique within Roman Britain.

The Roman Baths Collections Manager Susan Fox, said: “The day school is a must for anyone interested in Roman Bath and its archaeology.

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Remains the public don’t currently see.

You will get a chance to go beyond what you would normally experience on a museum visit. You’ll also find out about the conservation role that The Roman Baths plays in preserving the site and the collections for the future.”

Illustrated talks will explain the buildings and activities that took place in them, and are very hands-on with the opportunity to closely examine objects from the collections of The Roman Baths.

“There is nothing quite like handling original artefacts to really bring the people and buildings of the Roman baths and temple site to life, and understand what life was like 2,000 years ago in the Roman town of Aquae Sulis. To do so in such an incredible setting as The Roman Baths makes this course an exceptional experience.”

Roman monumental stones 'scattered' on the floor.
Roman monumental stones ‘scattered’ on the floor. Behind the scenes.

Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development said: “The Roman Baths has a wide variety of objects that tell the story of our area in Roman times, and Bath& North East Somerset Council is pleased to offer this great opportunity for people to get hands-on with our local history.”

The “Bath and the Roman Empire” day school costs £50 per person (or £40 for Discovery card holders). Spaces are limited and can be booked by e-mailing romanbaths_enquiries@bathnes.gov.uk or by calling 01225 477773.