Knowing Your Place.

Knowing Your Place.

The highly successful Knowing Your Place exhibition featuring 12 community alphabet presentations has been on display at the Museum of Bath at Work since 2013 and now the entire exhibition has been produced as a publication. The book ‘Knowing Your Place; Bath in Twelve Pictorial Alphabets’ has been published by Reef Publishing and  features all the original text and images used in the exhibition.


Knowing Your Place is available from the Museum for £5.00 ( Postage and Packing £1.00) so if you are interested contact the museum on 01225 318348 for your copy!

Director Stuart Burroughs said ‘Ever since the exhibition was put up we have had enquiries about a publication featuring all the pictures and thanks to the Friends of the Museum of Bath at Work we’ve finally got around to printing it up into a handsome publication. It’s dedicated to all the local residents and historical groups that helped put the exhibition together in the first place’

Knowing Your Place is available from the Museum for £5.00 ( Postage and Packing £1.00) so if you are interested contact the museum on 01225 318348 for your copy!

Taking Bath underground.

Taking Bath underground.

London’s newly re-opened Postal Museum – – now includes the ‘thrill’ of a ride on the capital’s Mail Rail through tunnels that have lain abandoned for years.

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The Mail Train rides again! Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

The underground system transported letters and parcels 6½ miles from Paddington to Whitechapel , for over 75 years – from the 1920s until its closure in 2003 – linking six sorting offices with mainline railway stations and delivering four million letters every day.

With that in mind Robert Draper of Bath writes: “Is there a lesson here for Bath to help alleviate our traffic problems? ………….



Milsom Street – between Waterstones and Lloyds Bank.

There is a narrow track underground railway beneath Milsom Street going roughly between Waterstones and the Octagon.


Looking across Milsom Street from Lloyds Bank.

I remember, from Octagon Theatre Club days, the line being blocked by a breeze-block wall, probably by a bank nervous of acquisitive Bathonian villains breaking into their vaults!”

Raising money by moonlight.

Raising money by moonlight.

This year’s ‘Movie by Moonlight’ – held in Royal Victoria Park – has brought in a record amount of money for the Forever Friends Appeal – the fundraising charity for Bath’s Royal United Hospital.


The Appeal raises funds for all areas of the hospital – including the major fundraising RUH Cancer Care Campaign.


Hundreds of people sat down to watch Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar-winning musical Moulin Rouge and gave generously in donations.

Katie Burfitt – who is development Officer for the Forever Friends Appeal – told Bath Newseum: ‘I can confirm the grand total exceeds £8,000 this year (over £6,000 of this is donations from buckets, with £2,000 corporate sponsorship and other donations from food stalls on the night.


The team is delighted as it’s an increase on last year’s fundraising total for this event and we’re so grateful to everyone that came along.’

Crack down on HMOs. What do you think?

Crack down on HMOs. What do you think?

People in Bath are being given the chance to have their say on new proposals which seek to better manage the growth of HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation) in the city.

The proposals have been drawn up in direct response to resident’s concerns about the proliferation of HMOs in parts of Bath and the impact it can have on the mix of available housing in the area.

The proposals would mean that, unless there are other planning related considerations, applications for new HMOs would normally be refused in areas where 10% or more of properties have already been converted into multiple occupancy homes. Existing HMO’s will not be affected.

The proposals also introduce an additional test. A proposed HMO would be normally refused if it would result in a non-HMO dwelling being located directly between two HMOs. This aims to prevent the potential for negative impacts upon an existing dwelling due to it being sandwiched by two HMOs and to ensure that there is balance of housing types at street level.

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is, in principle, a house or flat which is occupied by three or more unrelated people who share facilities such as a kitchen and bathroom. Bath has seen a significant increase in HMOs and private rented property over the last 10-15 years with HMOs forming an important part of the local housing market, providing affordable accommodation for students, professionals and migrant workers among others.

Cllr Bob Goodman (Conservative, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Development, said: “These proposals are responding to the concerns raised by residents about the concentration and continued growth of HMOs in parts of Bath.  If adopted, these proposals would allow the Council to better manage the growth of HMOs and ensure we have a balanced mix of housing types across the city.

HMOs of course have an important role to play in our housing stock by providing affordable living accommodation for professionals as well as students, but we need to ensure there is a balance of housing types within communities across the city.  Our proposals are designed to meet the city’s needs while addressing the concerns that have been raised about concentrations of HMOs.

We now want to hear what local people think about the changes we are proposing, and so I would encourage residents and all interested parties to respond to the consultation.”

The consultation on the proposed changes runs for 6 weeks from 4th September – 13th October.

Background information will be available at the One Stop Shop at Lewis House in Manvers Street, the city’s libraries and the mobile library

You can send your comments to or online

Following the consultation a final decision on whether to implement the proposals will be made in November.

Bringing the past to life

Bringing the past to life

Museums Week in Bath and North East Somerset this October half-term 

More than 100 activities will take place across 23 venues when museums in Bath and North East Somerset  host an array of special events and activities this October half-term. It is part of Museums Week which is held each year from  21-29 October.


Organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council, Museums Week celebrates the unique collections and activities in our local museums. All activities are free for local residents with a Discovery Card.

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Just one of the many displays at the Roman Baths

Councillor Paul Myers (Conservative Midsomer Norton Redfield), Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “There will be something for everyone, from children’s craft sessions to guided tours, film showings to food tastings. It’s great news that local residents can enjoy all of these events for free with a Discovery Card.”

There will be more than 100 activities taking place across 23 venues during the nine-day celebration.

  • Discover 800 years of history at the Mayor’s Parlour and see Bath’s Royal Charters, gold, silver and sword
  • Look at fancy dress from the 1920s at the Fashion Museum Bath, and make a colourful headdress
  • Make a Roman actor’s mask at the Roman Baths
  • Create pictures using oil pastels and find out about complementary colours and how they work at the Victoria Art Gallery
  • Join a family-friendly tour of the floor at Bath Abbey and learn about the 1,500+ memorials and the lives of the people they commemorate
  • Experience what life was like for Victorian children at the Radstock Museum
  • Watch the Forged Line Dance Company bring the story of William and Caroline Herschel to life at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy
  • Take a tour of Beckford’s Tower and Lansdown Cemetery, which was once Beckford’s garden
  • Enjoy daily bun tastings at Sally Lunn’s
  • Follow the clues on the Children’s Trail and collect stickers at each museum
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    Some  of the ancient ledger stones on the Abbey floor. 

For full event listings please visit

For information about Discovery Cards visit


All change on the rubbish front.

All change on the rubbish front.


Bathonians are being asked to look out for leaflets that will be posted to homes during the week beginning August 28th explaining how rubbish collections are changing from November 6th.

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In a press release B&NES explains that this four page leaflet will

  • tell you more about what is changing and why
  • suggest how best to sort your recycling boxes to make space in your wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag
  • include some frequently asked questions
  • list additional services we offer to help you.

What is changing and why?

From 6 November Bath & North East Somerset Council will be collecting rubbish every other week in wheeled bins or re-usable bags for the majority of residents. Recycling, including food waste will continue to be collected weekly. The chargeable garden waste collections will remain every other week.  The changes will help to keep the streets cleaner, increase recycling and make the services more affordable.

Find out your container allocation

In March we sent a letter out with the Council Tax bill to let you know what container you had been allocated. To check your allocation, enter your address at  or contact Council Connect.

If you have a query with your allocation please contact Council Connect.  Where households have 2 or more children in nappies, 6 or more people in their household or a clear medical need they may be able to apply for a larger bin.

If you need to change your allocation, please contact Council Connect waste enquiry line on 01225 39 40 00. They will talk through your needs, and then if appropriate pass on your request for change of container. We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your request.  In the meantime, your original allocated container will be delivered to you before the start of the new collection.  If we agree to issue an alternative container, we will arrange to replace your original with your changed container.

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What happens next?

From 25 September to early November– we will deliver the wheeled bins or re-usable rubbish bags to 78,000 households. The bins will be delivered to the front edge of your property or your re-usable rubbish bag will be delivered to your door.


  • do not put out your new bin/bag for collection until 6 November
  • continue to put out your rubbish as you normally do until the new collection starts
  • put out your rubbish for collection in your new bin/bag on your correct collection day from 6 November

Your bin or re-usable rubbish bag will be delivered with a welcome pack which will include further information about the new collection service including how to use your new wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag collection, your 2017-2018 collection calendar (please check to see if your collection day will change from 6 November) and  Christmas collection information.

Getting ready for the new service

  • Please make sure you recycle all you can, including your food waste. You can order extra free recycling containers
  • If you prefer, you can collect recycling containers at one of the three Recycling Centres, rather than wait for one to be delivered.
  • Check our website for the latest updates. Check to see if your query is answered in over 30 FAQs we have on our website
  • Visit one of our roadshows to see the new containers and find out more. Go to for details and check on our website to find out where our display wheeled bins are.
  • We are promoting re-usable nappies to help reduce waste.  We are selling packs of Bambino Mio re-usable nappies for £150 (£100 less than the retail price)
  • Resident’s packs – we are developing website materials you can download for free to help share messages with neighbours to advise them how to set out their waste etc. The website will explain this further and include a leaflet and tick-card to post to neighbours explaining how to use the service properly when the new service starts.
  • Like our Facebook page to receive updates and tips.