Preserving the Min on-line

Incredible, three-dimensional ‘dolls-house’ images of the interior of one of Bath’s most historic buildings are destined for a new ‘virtual’ museum.

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A three-dimensional image of the building

The NHS is in the process of moving out of the Mineral Water Hospital  -which was built as a national hospital in Georgian times.

More recently it’s been known as the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases – a centre of excellence for arthritis and rheumatism treatments and research.

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The hydrotherapy pool at the new Mineral Water Hospital.

A new purpose-built unit has opened at the main Royal United Hospital site and the Grade 2* listed building in the city centre has been sold to a Singapore-based company to be transformed into a luxury hotel.

While medical facilities are being transferred to the RUH the Min’s chapel was also home to Bath Medical Museum – an historical collection of records, artefacts, paintings and other pieces of art dating back to the 1740s.

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The collection is being dispersed around the city while the search continues for a new home.

In the meantime the museum’s on-line website is going through a transformation and is in need of financial backing and volunteers to help enhance its status – and this is where the three dimensional models come in.

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The on-line Bath Medical Museum website

I met up with Paul Thomas – a long term patient at the Min – to  ask why he was involved in the fight to preserve the building’s history and then why the Medical Museum needed help from volunteers.

If you have a memory of time spent in the old building you need to press PLAY!

Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help or find out more should contact
or go to the website at: