Happy 50th Number 1 – When will museum reopen?

It’s happy 50th birthday to Number 1 Royal Crescent this weekend. Yes – half a century ago Bath Preservation Trust’s first museum opened to the general public in what was the first house to be built as part of John Wood Junior’s elliptical architectural 18th-century masterpiece.

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Georgian finery.

It also happens to be seven years ago – tomorrow (Sunday, June 2lst) – since Bath’s own Mary Berry cut the ribbon to declare the refurbished building – now reunited with its servant’s wing – reopen.

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Mary Berry about to cut the birthday cake back in 2013.

Well, the lockdown has meant the building is currently closed – along with all the Trust’s other museums – but l have had a chat about the anniversary with Caroline Kay – who is Chief Executive Officer of the BPT.

Seems No 1  will not be opening any time soon – as the Trust wants to be very cautious about how to handle health and safety issues first and will look to other bodies to take the lead.

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More about that in the interview during which we also talked about the Trust’s online presence and its continuing role as heritage watchdogs for the city – which brought up the controversial subject of student accommodation.

Keep up to date via https://www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk

Margaret Jones came though to ask if the Trust knew how many visitors they had welcomed at Number 1 over those fifty years.

Caroline told me- via email:

‘Min 60k/year for last 6 years, averaging 40-50k/year for first 40 years
So – Over 2 million!’