The Archway Project at the Roman Baths has received a grant of £250,000 from the Clore Duffield Foundation. This is a major milestone in the £5m Archway Project because there are now enough funds to start work.
The new Roman Baths learning centre will be called the Clore Learning Centre.
Situated above the former Spa laundry in Swallow Street, the new facilities will increase the space dedicated to education at the Roman Baths by 400%. Two new Clore learning spaces will enable the Roman Baths to develop formal and informal learning programmes, engaging a wide range of communities and audiences.
The Clore Learning Centre will be connected to the Roman Baths by an undercroft that passes through Roman remains beneath York Street. An underground Investigation Zone will provide hands-on access to Roman remains through facilitated learning sessions.
The new learning centre will give more school children a higher standard of facilities, and enable the Roman Baths to reach out to a wider variety of young people locally and regionally with a range of new learning experiences.
The Roman Baths Foundation is a charitable company set up to raise funds for conservation and education work at the Roman Baths. Raising funds for the Archway Project is its first flagship project.
David Beeton, Chairman of the Roman Baths Foundation, said: “The Foundation is delighted that its efforts to raise funding for a state-of-the-art learning centre for the Roman Baths has been supported so enthusiastically by the Clore Duffield Foundation.”
The Clore Duffield Foundation said: “We are delighted to be supporting a Clore Learning Centre within such an impressive World Heritage Site, and one which offers such outstanding learning opportunities for schools. To have state-of-the-art learning spaces combined with hands-on access to underground Roman remains will create something really special for young visitors, and for learners of all ages.
The Clore Learning Centre is the largest element in a project that also includes a World Heritage Centre, and access to Roman remains beneath York Street that have never before been on public display
Fundraising for the Archway Project continues. There are various ways to support the project, including sponsoring a virtual tile and adopting a Roman stone.
For more information visit www.romanbaths.co.uk/archway-project.