Bath Medical Museum on ‘Bargain Hunt’

A long and illustrious history as a hospital came to an end when – after medical facilities were transferred to a new unit at the RUH – the Min was sold to become an hotel. That’s if the developers can get planning permission of course.

The Mineral Water Hospital

But the sale left one user of the Grade 11* Mineral Water Hospital in search of a new home.

The contents of Bath’s Medical Museum have had to be put in storage – apart from a few items on display at a doctor’s surgery in Great Pulteney Street.

A sedan chair – part of the collection that was at the Mineral Water Hospital. The chair is now in a GP surgery in Great Pulteney Street.

With ambitious plans for the future, the charity is currently working on a major funding application as – without financial support – the future of the museum might be in serious doubt.

However, in the meantime, Stephen Dunning – who is the museum’s manager and director – writes to tell me:

” In the meantime, you may be aware that last year I was interviewed on behalf of Bath Medical Museum for a feature on Bargain Hunt, which was filmed at Bath Racecourse.

In the interview, I discussed some aspects of medical history, including bloodletting, autopsies, and the history of the Min, and showcased a few of the objects from our collections. 

The relevant episode will be aired on BBC1 at 12:15pm on Friday 5th February and, along with the interview clip itself, will be available afterward on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Bargain Hunt website.

We will be posting on our social media about the episode in due course and any support from Bath Newseum’s social media/website would be most appreciated. “

Pleased to pass that information on Stephen, and here is the museum’s website