It’s been a while coming, but on Monday next – May 9th – Bath’s new World Heritage Centre will open to the public. It will celebrate the city’s unique cultural offering as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and give an insight into what makes it so special.
As a World Heritage Site, Bath sits alongside places like the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China as one of the greatest cultural sites in the world. The city recently gained a second listing as one of the ‘Great Spa Towns of Europe’ and is the only UK city to appear twice on the World Heritage List.
Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the World Heritage Centre will be a springboard for visitors to Bath and local people to engage with the city’s culture, history and heritage and explore popular Bath landmarks as well as lesser-known places around the city. Once established the Centre will attract 100,000 visitors per year.
Being invited along to a ‘press preview’ gave me a chance to meet the new manager of the Roman Baths and Pump Room, Amanda Hart. She takes up her job after years spent as Director of the Corinium Roman Museum in Cirencester.
I asked her what little extra would the centre now put into the ‘Bath experience’ as a World Heritage city.