Museum’s royal birthday party.

HRH Duke of Gloucester will mark the beginning of the 40th birthday celebrations of the Museum of Bath at Work on Wednesday 26th September.

The Duke of Gloucester has been invited to return to the Museum which he officially opened in September 1978.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester arriving to open the Museum of Bath at Work on September 26th, 1978. Photo courtesy of the Museum.

The Museum of Bath at Work which began with display of workshops and factory of Victorian businessman J B Bowler, in 1978, has expanded over the years as the city’s museum of social and commercial history.

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The Duke of Gloucester has a keen interest in industrial history and the Museum is keen to showcase its plans for the next 40 years at this event as well as reviewing its past.

Director Stuart Burroughs said ‘It is great honour to welcome the Duke of Gloucester to the Museum and we look forward to showing him how the museum has moved on since he last visited. In addition we can show photographs taken of him, when he visited the Museum in 1978 to open it for the first time.

We’re hoping that the Duke of Gloucester will cut the official birthday cake and get the celebrations started. Everybody loves a birthday party and we have invited all our supporters and friends to come along’

The Museum has ambitious development plans for the future and in staged improvements will expand the space devoted to displays and research facilities.

HRH Duke of Gloucester will be met by Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Mrs Anne Mawe, Chairman of Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Limited Mr Edward Cross and Museum Director Stuart Burroughs. A class of children from St Andrew’s School, Julian Road have been invited to welcome the Duke of Gloucester.