Let’s go medieval

Good to see Bath Abbey coming up with even more novel ways of using its renovated and expanded space as part of a local offering from museums and venues across Bath and North East Somerset for Museums Week (22 to 30 October 2022).

 It’s inviting people to come and meet Medieval monks at Bath Abbey, and find out about their skills including illustrating books in the ‘Scriptorium’, spinning and weaving, and concocting herbal medicine.

Medieval Monks Days are Friday 28th 10 – 5.30 and Saturday 29th 10 – 4.30. If you ever wondered what Medieval monks ate for their supper? Or how they created beautiful calligraphy? You can earn all about the lives of Benedictine monks from costumed experts. Free entry. 

This is part of a programme, organised by B&NES, which coincides nicely with the half-term holidays.

Councillor Kevin Guy, Leader of the Council, said: “There are Museums Week activities happening every day during October half-term, from a planetarium show and vintage train rides, to creative arts and crafts sessions. Many of the events and activities are free for local families with a Discovery Card – visit the Museums Week website to find out all the details.”

Highlights include:

  • Explore the Roman Baths by torchlight, celebrate the Festival of Lights and make a mini light
  • Go ‘Catwalk Crazy’ and create your own life-sized fashion designs at the Fashion Museum
  • Make a marvellous mask inspired by artworks at the Victoria Art Gallery
  • Visit Bath Record Office to see the A Hundred Years of Homes in Bath exhibition and make a housing-themed collage
  • Meet Medieval monks at Bath Abbey, and find out about their skills including illustrating books in the ‘Scriptorium’, spinning and weaving, and concocting herbal medicine
  • Learn about famous astronomers William and Caroline Herschel at the Amazing Space Discoveriesplanetarium show at Bath Central Library
  • Become a trainee detective on a discovery trail around Beckford’s Tower and create a memento to take home
  • See the city’s gold, silver and civic regalia at the Mayor’s Parlour
  • Enjoy open days and vintage train rides at Midsomer Norton South Station, part of the original Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway
  • Make spooky Halloween origami decorations at the Museum of East Asian Art:  ghosts, pumpkins, bats, witches and more!
  • Admire the fine porcelain at No.1 Royal Crescent and decorate your own Georgian-style plate

There’s plenty on offer for adults too, including talks, tours and exhibitions.

For full event listings please visit www.bathmuseumsweek.co.uk.

Event dates and times vary – please check the website for details. Advance booking is essential at some venues.

Discovery Cards

The Discovery Card gives residents of Bath and North East Somerset free access to Council-owned heritage sites, including the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum, Victoria Art Gallery and Parade Gardens, as well discounts with participating local attractions and businesses.

For more information and to apply for a Discovery Card, visit: www.bathnes.gov.uk/discoverycard

The Fashion Museum

The Fashion Museum will leave the Assembly Rooms at the end of October and move to a new home in the Old Post Office in the centre of Bath in three to eight years’ time. For more details visit: www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/our-future