The People’s Museum

Bath is a city famous for its many museums but there is only really one that can claim to tell the story of its permanent residents.

Many of them were and are involved in providing services and products for visitors who come here to view its sights, to socialise and to ‘take the waters’.

While our World Heritage city starts to shake off its viral shackles and re-open the doors to its cultural and artistic treasures – the Museum of Bath at Work faces an additional task.

It’s got to raise £25,000 in donations in order to keep open. Not an easy task when you are tucked away above the Assembly Rooms – a hidden gem without the advantage of being in the middle of the cultural quarter.

Here’s what its website has to say on the subject:

“The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been huge.  Because we rely on earning money from museum admissions and gift sales in the shop, our income completely stopped during the periods when we had to close.  This means we start 2021 with little in reserve. 

We are also, sadly, no longer receiving regular financial support from the Clark Trusts as they too have been affected by the economic downturn.”

I’ve been to chat to Dr Trevor Turpin who is Chair of the Friends of the Museum of Bath at Work.

Discover more about the museum, its coming programme of events and ways you can help its survival via