Steam heat!

Close one eye and squint and – in Bath’s York Street this morning – you could have been standing in New York’s Times Square! I am not referring to the neon advertising hoardings surrounding that historic quarter of Manhattan but the steam venting that is so much a part of the Big Apple scene. Not […]

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Beef-steak, Roman earbuds and an angel.

This morning l gazed upon the face of an angel, saw what the Roman version of an ear bud looked like and met a relic from a long-gone pub with a very unusual name. As Christmas approaches, the first stage of the Abbey’s multi-million pound Footprint Project is more than half way through and talks […]

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Rare Roman find at Abbey

Hot on the heels of unearthing part of a mediaeval tiled floor – while engaged on the Footprint Project at Bath Abbey – archaeologists working for Wessex Archaeology have now added a high status Roman object to their list of discoveries. Cai Mason is Senior Project Officer for Wessex and l caught a quick chat […]

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Make it more of a People’s Museum?

It’s great that Bath has hot springs, Roman remains and Georgian architecture to bolster its prestige and provide a tourist income but – as our visitors flock into this World Heritage city to admire our heritage and fill our museums – l often think the ordinary people – who actually live and work in this […]

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Spring cleaning in autumn.

Of Bath’s three naturally-heated thermal springs, the largest rises in the King’s Bath – part of the Roman Bath’s tour and the only place where you can see the waters bubbling up to the surface from a vast underground lake about two miles under the surface. It’s also the place where you can look back […]

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Welcome, Mr Mayor!

It’s an odd little ceremony which took place in the city’s Abbey on Saturday morning. A 500-year-old building which was temporarily closed to the general public – aka milling tourists – while a group of costumed people called The Charter Trustees elected the 791st Mayor of Bath. Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones takes on a ceremonial role […]

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‘Flaming’ June at the Roman Baths.

It’s guaranteed to be ‘flaming’ June at Bath’s premier tourist attraction. That’s the month which sees the Roman Baths extend its hours. It will stay open until 10pm every evening this summer, with a torch-lit offering for visitors a chance to soak up the special atmosphere around the Great Bath. Torchlit Summer Evenings will run […]

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Barry returns for new look at Roman Baths.

Down in the tunnels below York Street archaeologists have been finishing off their work ready for contractors to move in and start the job of making the lintels that support the road safe. Problems with water seeping into joints within the concrete and metal supports were only spotted when work started on surveying for the […]

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Uncovering more of Roman Bath

The Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society have been busy under York Street – helping prepare a part of the Roman Baths complex – normally unseen by the public – for upcoming excavations. However, during February, there will be special tours for people to watch the ‘dig’ in action. Volunteers from BACAS have been carrying out geophysical survey work […]

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Going underground.

I joined around a dozen Bath traders from the York Street area last night on a fact-finding mission – above and below ground level. These are business people who share their location with the Roman Baths complex – one of the city’s main tourist attractions – and a valuable source of revenue for our cash-strapped […]

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