Lido lecture at Uni

A unique feature of Bath’s Georgian heritage comes under the spotlight at Bath University tonight. Dr Linda Watts is a trustee of the Cleveland Pools – the oldest outdoor swimming pool or lido in the country – and will be giving a talk about their origins and the important part they played in the history […]

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Put a cog in motion

Sick of the wet weather and want something to do at half term? There’s an unusual invitation to go along to the Museum of Bath at Work on Julian Road, and try something a bit different –  have a go at drawing with cogs! Artists Stephanie Bengry-Howell and Tracey Page, Bath School of Art alumni, […]

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Let’s get crafty over half-term!

  A variety of fun craft sessions are on offer at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s museums this half term for children and families to create their own historic characters, Valentine’s treats and colourful artworks. The Roman Baths will be running free “Flavian fashion & Clothes by Claudius” family drop-in sessions from Monday 17 […]

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Putting Chew Valley on the map.

Residents in the Chew Valley are being asked to contribute their ideas on what local attractions should feature in a new tourist map of the area. Local councillor Liz Richardson is asking residents to get in touch with their favourite places and activities in the Chew Valley, including scenic walks, picturesque views, and places to […]

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Changing fashions

Visitors to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Fashion Museum can glimpse a dramatic transformation taking place later this month. As the Museum’s highly popular “Fifty Fabulous Frocks” exhibition has finally closed, preparations will get underway for the next big show: “GEORGIANS: 18th century dress for polite society”, opening Saturday 25 January 2014. Other display galleries […]

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many […]

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Bath’s first ‘lollipop’ lady

Back in August the Virtual Museum of Bath carried a story regarding the setting up of the School Crossing Patrol Service for Bath & North East Somerset Council which was celebrating 60 years of existence.  Well – just recently – a newcomer to the website – Colin Hunt – caught up with that story. He […]

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Off the streets & into the kitchen?

My thanks to Virtual Museum follower Terry James for this image. A sign painted on a Georgian house in Gay’s Hill, Lower Camden in Bath. Can anyone tell us more? There must be a connection between this ‘institution’ and the efforts to get young girls of ‘ill repute’ – off the streets?  

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A doll’s-eye view of Georgian fashion

Next year Bath will be exploring its Georgian connections in many different ways to mark the  tercentenary of the establishment of the House of Hanover. On August 1st 1714 George the First  became king so 2014 will mark the  300th anniversary since the beginning of the Georgian era. A special exhibition at the Fashion Museum […]

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Light up the Holburne

An outdoor light show at Bath’s Holburne Museum is rapidly becoming an annual Christmas tradition. The switch has been officially pulled on the latest offering – this time designed by a local man who has provided lighting for everything from the London Olympics and Her Majesty the Queen to Lady Gag and Michael Jackson. The […]

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