Roman Baths to mark Science Week

The world of science will come to life with a series of fun and fascinating events at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Roman Baths this March.

Looking down on the Great Bath.
Looking down on the Great Bath.Click on images to enlarge.

To celebrate National Science & Engineering Week (14-23 March), the Roman Baths will host a range of scientific demonstrations and encourage visitors to try out simple experiments too.

Get hands-on with engineering, science and archaeology – volunteers from the Roman Baths will be running handling tables beside the Great Bath each weekday afternoon (2-4pm) from Monday 17 to Friday 21 March. These will cover various science and engineering topics, such as glass, mortar, flints and coins.

On Saturday 15 March, the Roman Baths will be open late for a special science and engineering extravaganza, from 5.30pm to 8pm (last entry 7pm).  There will be science and engineering buskers leading demonstrations and experiments throughout the site.

Join them and take the temperature of the water, explore how the Romans used aqueducts, or build a Roman arch. Volunteers from Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution and the University of Bath will help you understand amazing water facts.  You can even find out about the extraordinary snails that live in the Great Bath.

The Great Roman Bath which is fed with water from the Sacred King's spring.
The Great Roman Bath which is fed with water from the Sacred King’s spring.

Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn in a fun and entertaining way how science and engineering can affect our everyday lives.

“The Romans invented cement that could set underwater – nearly 2,000 years before it was commonplace in Britain, and the water in the Roman Baths is more than 10,000-year-old rainfall which has filtered down through the Mendip hills. Therefore Bath & North East Somerset Council is proud to support National Science & Engineering Week by turning the Roman Baths into a giant science laboratory with this series of events.”

On Sunday 23 March, from 10am to 4pm, you can join the Roman Baths team at Green Park Station and Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution for “Bath Taps into Science” which also offers a range of fun and fascinating hands-on science activities.

National Science & Engineering Week, run by the British Science Association, shines the spotlight each March on how science, technology, engineering and maths relate to our everyday lives and helps to inspire the next generation of scientists with fun and participative activities.