Back in 2014, Bath Newseum went along to see a very special street exhibition in Kingston Parade which raised a lot of money for a local charity.
It was called The History Makers of Bath and there were 30 large and colourful display panels which displayed a series of creative and inspiring images – together with information relating to famous or infamous characters connected with the city.
The public display – organised by Angela Calvert Jones – raised over nine thousand pounds for the Forever Friends Appeal to help create a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital.
Six years later and Angela caught our story about an online ‘heritage trail’ download for Admiral Lord Nelson which takes you around the people and places connected with his many stays in Bath.
Angela emailed to tell me:
‘A long time ago since 2014 at the History Makers of Bath Street Exhibition alongside the Abbey!
I firmly believe that Bath could benefit from celebrating Bath’s phenomenal history makers. I raised almost £10,000 from the six weeks History Makers exhibition and many history-makers were omitted! How I overlooked Nelson I can’t imagine!
I am delighted to learn that Nelson’s association with Bath has been acknowledged at last! In addition to providing important local knowledge, Nelson, plus other inspirational men and women should be celebrated and potentially benefit the City’s economy.
Our great history makers left phenomenal legacies, still valued by the world at large. Not just architecture, but literature, art, music, science and astronomy, to name but a few achievements.
Surely Nelson can now be an inspiration to better celebrate many more of our history makers so often overlooked?
What makes any City in the World? Its people.
Congratulations to everyone responsible for Nelson’s welcome revival.’
I will pass that on to members of The Nelson Society. You can link to their Nelson Heritage Trail via
Freelance Journalist, broadcaster, columnist and local historian. Director of Bath Newseum. Married and lives in Bath.
Interested in local history, architecture and visual display in museums and urban spaces.
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