National Donut Day!

National Donut Day started in 1938 as a fundraiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army.  Their goal was to help the needy during the Great Depression, and to honour The Salvation Army “Lassies” who had served donuts to soldiers during World War I and would continue to so when American troops were sent to Europe to fight in World World II. […]

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Keeping a ‘Watchdog’ eye on things!

It’s not often – metaphorically speaking – that my jaw hits the table but a coffee-fuelled chat with a man who runs a detailed and impressive website for an organisation well-known for keeping an eye on building development in Bath, found  me wide-mouthed with wonder. Jim Warren is the man. He is website author for […]

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Bath aims to grow its European business!

In a drive to attract more business events to Bath, Bath Tourism Plus (BTP) is travelling to Frankfurt to exhibit at IMEX, the world’s leading exhibition for meetings, incentive travel and events, from 21-23 May 2013. Known as the largest financial centre in continental Europe and home to one of the world’s largest airports, Frankfurt […]

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Open door on history.

People can explore some fascinating historical artefacts at open days being organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council as part of Adult Learners’ Week. On 21 and 25 May, the Council is opening the doors to the St. John’s Museum Store, Bath, and Pixash Archaeology Store, Keynsham, respectively. Entry is free to visitors of […]

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Modern comforts!

Once upon a time workmen had ‘huts’ to go into for their lunch or comfort break – until the arrival of the wonderful Portaloo. I had to smile at the name on the latest road-side creation that had been parked outside the Victoria Art Gallery. It’s a sort of container-shaped refuge but its official name […]

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It’s a mystery!

Sally Helvey who is the Marketing Co-ordinator for the Cleveland Pools Trust here in Bath has been puzzling over our mystery photos in the ‘Your Say’ section of the Virtual Museum. The Trust she works for is busily engaged in trying to restore the country’s only surviving Georgian lido – built in 1815 beside the […]

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Gangsters & Gunslingers: America’s outlaw heroes.

Many of us l think would agree that most of our knowledge relating to those gun carrying cowboys of the American Wild West and the ruthless gangsters of  both Prohibition and then the  Depression years comes – not  from our history books – but from the way Hollywood has portrayed these ‘wild’ men and women […]

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Damage in Sydney Gardens

It’s good to know Bath has a reputation for talented artists and great to visit local exhibitions to view their work. There are other examples of ‘self-expression’ that are anything but ‘artistic’ as this video -taken in Sydney Gardens – will show.

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40 Years on – Welcome to the Virtual Museum of Bath!

The photograph is of me outside the Royal Crescent in 1971 while covering the story – for HTV West Television – of Amabel Wellesley Colley and her yellow front door at number 22. The door is still a faded yellow and represents part of the lived-in history of this fantastic Georgian building. That e-mail again. […]

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Keynsham’s regeneration ‘up-in-the-air!’

The next opportunity for Keynsham residents to hear about the progress being made by Bath & North East Somerset Council and Willmott Dixon on the £34 million regeneration of Keynsham town centre has been announced. On Wednesday June 26th 2013, 6.30pm, people will be able to attend an Open Office event at Riverside some 100 feet […]

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