The Public House – Three Presentations with Films

The Public House – Three Presentations with Films


Some special lectures – with films – coming up in November at the Museum of Bath at Work.

Local Historian Kirsten Elliott will introduce three lectures with documentary films made in the 20th century on the subject of the public house, its development in historic times, the changes to how they operated in the 1960s and 1970s and the future.

Admission to the lectures is £5.00 with a light lunch provided​.

1pm, Wednesday, November 1st: The History of the Public House – An Introduction
How the public house as we know it, locally and nationally developed and evolved in the period up to the Second World War. Featuring the films ‘The Story of English Inns’(1944) and ‘Down at the Local’ (1945)

1pm, Wednesday November 8th: The Public House – Changing Times
During the 1960s public houses evolved as car ownership and travel increased and pubs began to offer a wider range and higher standards of customer care, refreshments and other attractions. Featuring the films ‘The Ship Hotel’ (1967) and ‘All in Good Time’ (1964)

1pm, Wednesday November 15th: Present and Future
In the 1970s and 1980s the public house continued its central role in many communities but changing trends in consuming alcohol at home and competition from restaurants and bars forced many public houses to close or radically change the facilities they offered the public.  Featuring  the films ‘Local Life’ (1982) ‘What you’ll have?’ (1977)

Free lunchtime World Heritage talks at the Guildhall

Free lunchtime World Heritage talks at the Guildhall


A series of free lunchtime talks will take place at the Guildhall, Bath, this November to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bath becoming a World Heritage Site.

Management professionals from Hadrian’s Wall, Stonehenge, the Tower of London, and Bath & North East Somerset Council will give 30-minute talks on how they are undertaking the conservation and promotion of their respective sites.

Councillor Paul Myers (Conservative Midsomer Norton Redfield), Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “Bath and North East Somerset has a well-deserved reputation as a centre of excellence for heritage management.

“We constantly monitor best practice elsewhere to maintain this and it is a pleasure to welcome these national experts to share their knowledge and experience with us.” Screen Shot 2017-09-29 at 14.32.01

30 Years of World Heritage in Bath
Wednesday, November 1
Tony Crouch, City of Bath World Heritage Site Manager

World Heritage at Hadrian’s Wall

Wednesday, November 8
Humphrey Welfare, Chairman, Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site Partnership Board

World Heritage at Stonehenge
Wednesday, November 15
Sarah Simmonds, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Partnership Manager

World Heritage at the Tower of London

Wednesday, November 22
Natasha Downie, World Heritage Site Co-ordinator, Tower of London

All talks run from 1.10pm until 1.45pm. Booking is not required, just turn up on the day.



Our men at the Front.

Our men at the Front.

People from across Bath and North East Somerset are being given the chance to find out more about World War One at a special Discovery Day.

The event takes place on Saturday, November 4 from 11.00 till 4.00 at The Guildhall in Bath.

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Co-ordinated by Bath & North East Somerset Council, the day is free to attend and is part of the Council’s World War One Centenary programme.

Visitors can drop in any time during the day and explore historic Archives & Local Studies material from Bath Record Office, get tips on researching family history of WW1-era relatives, and go back in time with old photographs of Bath, Keynsham, Radstock and Midsomer Norton from the Bath In Time collection.

The Western Front Association will help identify WW1 memorabilia and medals, so bring them along and find out more about your family heirlooms.  The event will also include the story of Alderman Hatt, Mayor of Bath, whose two sons were killed eight weeks apart in 1916, together with an opportunity to see the plaque commemorating Harry Patch, the ‘last surviving Tommy’.


The Bath Guildhall

Councillor Paul Myers, (Conservative, Midsomer Norton Redfield) Cabinet Member for Economic & Community Regeneration, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for adults and children to learn more about WW1, the role played by local people and the impact the war had on Bath and North East Somerset.

“The event should prove fascinating for the whole family. Children can enjoy free craft activities and create a soldier’s cap or a WW1 medal to take home.  And local historian Andrew Swift will lead a short walk at 11.30am in the city centre to see some of the places that feature in Bath’s war-time story.

“With songs from the period, costumes to try on, and some special visitors from 1917, there is plenty to see and do.”

For more information about the Council’s World War One Centenary programme, visit:


Conserving the best of Bath

Conserving the best of Bath


Bath Preservation Trust is seeking the views of Bathonians on the city’s conservation area – soon to be celebrating its 50th birthday!

Here’s BPT’s  on-line press release in full.

“Bath today has one city wide conservation area which covers 1486 hectares and is home to about 50,000 people. The conservation area includes the city’s unique and much celebrated heritage, but it also encompasses less well known areas which have a range of different characteristics.

Bath’s conservation area was first designated in 1968, following the introduction of the Civic Amenities Act in 1967. It was one of the first six to be designated in the country.  The conservation area was enlarged in 1973, extended again in 1975, 1985 and most recently in 2002.

These extensions responded to changing conservation views about what was considered to be architecturally and historically important as well as ongoing changes in planning controls.  The importance of the area and its surrounds was further recognised by its inscription as a World Heritage Site in 1987.  The conservation area today is recognised but despite its longevity there has never been a complete character appraisal of the whole area.

The conservation area will soon celebrate 50 years of designation and it seems fitting to celebrate this by raising awareness of ongoing work to develop a full and comprehensive character appraisal for the conservation area to better understand all aspects of its importance and to support its ongoing and future management.

The work to complete a character assessment for the city wide conservation area is being developed by B&NES Council with input from heritage experts and the Bath Preservation Trust. There will be further opportunity for the public and local people who are familiar with the heritage of their neighbourhood to review the work and have an input through public participation and consultation.

You can read the briefing report attached (Conservation Area website copy).

Would you like to get involved? We would value input in drafting the character appraisals for the remaining character areas. If you have a heritage interest and knowledge and are interested in helping with this then please get in touch with:

Joanna Robinson, Bath Preservation Trust; or

Paula Freeland, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Thanks Bob and Sheila!

Thanks Bob and Sheila!

Thanks to Sheila May for the following comment emailed to me.

“Hi Richard, I’ve been meaning to drop you a line for ages to say, “Thank you!” for the brilliant Bath Newseum.

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Bath Newseum’s ‘Mercury’ logo.

I’m a recently (ish!) qualified Blue Badge guide and I find the information fascinating, informative and relevant. Wonderful! I look forward to opening every post.

Thank you for being such a terrific commentator on Bath. It’s a joy!

Best wishes,


Glad you are enjoying it Sheila, good luck in your new guiding job and thank you for your comments!

And from Bob Child – another email.

“Having subscribed to your blog for the past year, I just want to say how much I enjoy it.

Having worked in Bath and lived close by for over forty years – three years as a tour guide – I’m always interested in what’s going on, especially with your detailed take on things.

Thank you.

Bob Child”

More blushes from me and a thank-you to you Bob.

When is bridge to be repaired?

When is bridge to be repaired?

A plea from a Bath mum for contractors to get on with repairing the stone ‘lodge’ at the London Road end of Cleveland Bridge – damaged in a hit and run a few months ago.IMG_4963

Simona Thompson writes:

“Do you know why it is taking so long to repair Cleveland bridge? The bridge was damaged following an accident in August 2017 and has been in this state for weeks.


The bridge is used by many people and in particular mums with their children (like me!) walking their children to school or to nursery.”

The damaged structure on the approach to this River Avon crossing – built in 1827 – is covered in scaffolding and the pedestrian route on that side is blocked.

A spokesperson for B&NES told Bath Newseum:

‘I gather that a listed building application – in hand – has to be submitted first. I’ve asked to be updated.’

Busy day talking about Bath.

Busy day talking about Bath.

A busy day at the Bath City C conference yesterday.IMG_5055

It was the sixth annual meeting held at the Guildhall and giving people an opportunity of finding out more about local action on things like housing, air pollution and transport.IMG_5053
The Banqueting Hall was full of  exhibits, stands and representatives from community groups.


Well it was different. Last night l chaired a ‘Question Time’ styled session – at the end of the Bath Conference – in the Council Chamber at the Guildhall. On the panel – Front row L to R Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council; Sue Porto, CEO St Johns Foundation; Tarquin McDonald, Managing Director of Bath Rugby Club; and Ben Palmer, Community Officer, University of Bath Student Union. Back Row – L to R – The man who organised the event was Cllr Bob Goodman, Cabinet member for Development and Neighbourhoods and l was the Chair!

The event ended with a ‘Question Time’ styled session in the Council Chamber which l was asked to chair.

My thanks – both to the panel –  but more importantly – to the members of the public who came to listen and ask questions!