Paul ‘grows’ art from his garden​.

Paul ‘grows’ art from his garden​.

An exhibition of the recent work by sculptor Paul Juillerat is to be on display at the Museum of Bath at Work from March 31st to June 30th and is entitled Totem – Factotum. The exhibition consists a collection of new sculptures made in 2017 and this is the first time they will have been seen in public.


All the sculptures have an element of found objects- collected over a number of years from the artist’s garden and surrounding area.  Paul Juillerat lives in a former inn – The Old Crown Inn (also known as the Brassknocker Inn) on Brassknocker Hill in Bath.

The garden has a unique setting and contains the detritus of over 350 years of discarded history – including clay pipes, bottles and even musket balls!

In collaboration with the Museum of Bath at Work, the collection of sculptures have been put on display amongst the reconstructed engineering and mineral water factory of Victorian businessman J B Bowler.


Museum Director Stuart Burroughs said ‘We were aware of Paul’s work beforehand through his exhibitions and there seems a clear connection between the form of his work, the subject matter and the historic source of some of the elements incorporated in the sculpture.

Paul suggested having the items on display among the display we have and they not only stand out as additions but enhance the displays at the same time!’

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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)

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!

Bath’s extra-special bedroom.

Bath’s extra-special bedroom.

A suite of furniture designed by the world-famous Glasgow-born architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh has returned ‘home’ to Bath 100 years after it first arrived in the city.


Part of the scaled down Bath bedroom now recreated at the Museum of Bath at Work.



A sketch made in 1917 – by Charles Rennie Mackintosh – of Sidney Horstmann’s proposed bedroom design.

Designed for the family home of Bath-based businessman and engineer Sidney Horstmann, the bedroom suite, which arrived in the city in 1917, has been recreated – in part – in the Museum of Bath at Work in an exhibition ‘ A Bedroom in Bath: C R Mackintosh and Sidney Horstmann’ that will run untilf October 2017.


Another view of the recreated Bath bedroom.

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Sidney Horstmann’s former home on the Upper Bristol Road. This photograph was taken in 1975 when this was known as the Onega Garage and Lodge. ©

The bedroom suite was designed especially for Sidney Horstmann’s home on the Upper Bristol Road in 1917 and featured a unique decorative scheme of painted friezes around the walls.

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L to R Dr Trevor Turpin – Chairman of Directors at the Museum of Bath at Work and Tim Dunmore. Mr Dunmore is Sidney Horstmann’s grandson so he has direct memories of the room and the furniture. Quite how the fairly delicate furniture stood up to a junior Mr Dunmore prancing about on it is testament to Mackintosh furniture being stronger than it looks!


Bath Spa University senior lecturer – and former graphic artist – Paul Minott is tasked with recreating a frieze of coloured triangles. He has something like 500 to stencil on. A technique Charles Renne Mackintosh would have used in the original Bath bedroom.

The room has been recreated at the Museum of Bath at Work and allows, in a scaled – down space, for the furniture to be displayed with the decoration which has been copied from Mackintosh’s original drawings.


The bedroom at Onega Lodge.

The furniture is being borrowed from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the decoration completed with assistance from Bath Spa University.


L to R . The Cive Chairman of B&NES, Cllr Karen Walker and Dr Nigel Bamforth who is the Senior Furniture Conservator of the Victoria and Albert Museum. According to Stuart Burroughs – Curator of The Museum of Bath @ Work – ‘ Dr Bamforth had come to install the furniture and made a remark regarding something I hadn’t realised. That this is the first time a collection of furniture from the V & A has been displayed – outside the V & A – together and in a realistic context, that is to say the original decorative scheme. He seemed genuinely excited by the whole project which, given that we were a little nervous before he arrived, made everyone feel better’.

Bath Newseum called in – before the opening – to see Dr Trevor Turpin, Chairman of the Museum Board, who is curating the exhibition.

Just to remind you. The exhibition runs through to October. Check out for more information.


Invited guests at the opening.

The exhibition is being sponsored by Horstmann Controls Ltd – who are now based in Bristol.


Bath and the Workhouse exhibition.

Bath and the Workhouse exhibition.

A rare plaster bust of the first Chairman of the Bath Poor Law Guardians, who oversaw the Bath Workhouse is to be shown as part of the ‘Poor Man’s Friend?: Bath and the Workhouse 1836-2016’ exhibition which will open at the Museum on Thursday May 18th. The exhibition will run until September 2017.


The picture shows volunteers Moira Eades, Barbara Sheppard, researcher John Payne and Chairman of the Friends of the Museum of Bath at Work Euel Lane.

This major exhibition, which reveals how provision for the poorest was arranged from the 1830s onwards at the site on Midford Road which later became St Martin’s Hospital. The exhibition has been researched by local historian John Payne in collaboration with Museum Director Stuart Burroughs and Lecturer Richard White. In addition to displays on the workhouse a programme of walks has been arranged by Richard White and the exhibition will include artworks by Lorna Bernstein and a large bell, which hung above the chapel at the Bath Workhouse and has been kindly lent by the National Health Service.


Stuart Burroughs – Director of The Museum of Bath at Work.

Director Stuart Burroughs said ‘I was born at St Martin’s Hospital, as it was then, so you might say I was brought up in the Workhouse but this timely exhibition shows how assistance and support was provided for the poorest from the 1830s and how our attitudes towards the poor have evolved over the years. The Workhouse bell is a particular favourite although we needed to buy a small hand crane to move it into position!

Reverend Spencer, who had been curate at St John’s Church, Hinton Charterhouse became Chairman of the Guardians when the Workhouse opened in 1836 and after some years became Chairman of the Temperance Society and moved to London. The bust has been kindly lent by St John’s Church and we are grateful to the Churchwarden Elisabeth Wordsworth for the loan.

Bath’s heritage blooms amongst the flowers.

Bath’s heritage blooms amongst the flowers.

Many of  Bath’s museums and heritage interests took part in an open air celebration of World Heritage Day in the city’s Parade Gardens – alongside the River Avon and just below Pulteney Weir.


Looking down on part of the Heritage Day display in Parade Gardens.

It was a fitting location. as this year’s celebratory theme was ‘Waters of Bath’ and activities focused on the past, present and future use and significance of Bath’s hot springs, river and canal network.


This year’s celebrations included a marquee for special talks on local history and heritage subjects.

This year has special importance for Bath as the city celebrates 30 years of being a World Heritage Site.


Stuart Burroughs – who is Director of The Museum of Bath at Work – giving a talk about Bath’s bridges in the heritage site marquee. One of many lectures about local heritage and history.


The Cleveland Pools Trust display.

For the first time, there was a programme of short talks in a specially erected marquee. Local experts explored different aspects of the water theme, including the medicinal use of spa water, the importance of the waterways in the Georgian development of the city, Bath’s cold water springs and minor spas, the use of thermal water to heat the Abbey, and the history of Bath’s river crossings.

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Robert Delius – Author of ‘Waters of Bath’.

Amongst exhibitors was Robert Delius – a local architect with Stride Treglown – who is campaigning for more street-based water features to celebrate the city’s debt to its springs and river.

He had put together a 42 page report – entitled ‘The Waters of Bath” – to circulate amongst interested parties and , in catching up with him today (Sunday, April 23rd) it seems there have been some encouraging developments.

There was also plenty to keep younger visitors busy in the Parade Gardens – including a cardboard model of the Pulteney Bridge for them to complete by adding windows.


Some of the youngsters helping to put windows onto the cardboard model of Pulteney Bridge – part of the display by Bath Preservation Trust.

Plus guided tours offered by the Mayor of Bath’s Corps of Honorary Guides, a walk to the Cleveland Pools and even a two hour National Trust trek to the Bath Skyline.


The Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides display and meeting point.

Even more exhibits underneath part of the Colonnades – a derelict area which may come back to life. That’s if plans to attract restaurants and extend the Victoria Gallery come to fruition.


Bath’s Record Office display in the Colonnades.

The city’s Record Office – currently closed (until June 5th} for redecoration and incorporation of the Local Studies Reference Collection from Bath Central Library – chose various stories from the archive collection to do with the river and local springs for their display.


Colin Johnston – Principal Archivist at the City’s Record Office.

Colin Johnston – who is is the Principal Archivist – told me they had deliberately chosen their niche in the Colonnades because it features in two old photographs in their collection.

Photographs showing it as a special water-based destination – as Colin explained.

Historic railway waggon unveiled at Museum of Bath @ Work

Historic railway waggon unveiled at Museum of Bath @ Work


An historic railway waggon – found beneath Bath Spa Railway Station – has gone on show at the Museum of Bath at Work in Julian Road.

It has been designated as a nationally significant part of our railway heritage on the advice of the Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board, which advises Government.


The restored railway waggon now on display.

Made by German firm Orenstein & Koppel, the waggon was discovered in a dilapidated state by Network Rail during the renovation of the station vaults, in what is now the Brunel Square development.

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The construction of Brunel Square.

Network Rail paid for its conservation and donated it to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s local history collection for long term care. The Council has now lent it to the Museum of Bath at Work as this is the most appropriate location in the city to display it for the public.


Museum of Bath at Work.

The waggon, which is the only surviving example of its kind, was used at Bath Electricity Generating Works, where coal was moved from the Great Western Railway station at Bath to the boilers of the electricity works below. A set of wagons running on a private rail system supplied the coal and removed the ash and clinker from the works. 

Stephen Clews, Roman Baths and Pump Room Manager, said: “We’re delighted that this historic waggon, with its interesting links to Bath’s industrial past, will be displayed at the Museum of Bath at Work, where it can be seen by both local residents and visitors.”

Trevor Turpin, Chairman of the Museum of Bath at Work, said: “This waggon served the first electric power plant in Bath, which brought electric lighting to the streets and to domestic homes just over a hundred years ago. It is a unique object that helps us tell the story of how electricity transformed the city.”