Fund raising dip into bathing history.

A dip into bathing costume history!

A dip into bathing costume history! Click on images to enlarge.

Bath Spa University students and other ‘brave’ supporters of the Cleveland Pools Project took part in a fashion show with a difference at Bath’s Green Park Station on Saturday evening – May 9th.

More fetching beachwear from the past!

More fetching beachwear from the past!

Called ‘200 Years of Bathing in Bath’ this catwalk event was all about the evolution of the bathing costume.

It provided a good illustration of how it wasn’t just the water that brought about a ‘shrinking’ of the amount of material you covered yourself in when it came to taking a dip.

The event was in aid of raising funds to help restore and re-open Britain’s last open air Georgian lido which just happens to be one of Bath’s hidden treasures!

Honoured to do the opening! Picture with Trustee and compere Paul Simons.

Honoured to do the opening! Picture with Trustee and compere Paul Simons.

The Bathwick-based and currently derelict complex will celebrate its 200th anniversary this July.

A bit of a 'beach poser' from the past!

A bit of a ‘beach poser’ from the past!

There were lots of amusing anecdotes about the practice of bathing over the years to go with a pacey stroll through our seaside history with Trustee Paul Simons – suitably dressed – doing the commentary.

The Virtual Museum had a chat with him and with Jenny Brown – the main organiser of the show.

Find out more about the Cleveland Pools Trust and Project via www.clevelandpools.org.uk

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