With a little help from our friends.

Just in case you hadn’t noticed already, Bath is a big player in the heritage business. With Roman remains and fine Georgian architecture it’s no surprise to realise just how much of the city’s economy is based on tourism. Under the umbrella of its coveted World Heritage status there are some multi-million pound projects underway […]

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My thanks to Jenny Noad for these pictures – taken in The Circus yesterday. Jenny writes: “Interesting to see that beautiful, infamous Plane trees in the Circus are having their health check-up. Thankfully, they are thriving and well!  They are the biggest trees in Bath, are great for absorbing pollution from the City.  The tree […]

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A helping hand for Bath’s heritage.

The scaffolding that has been fronting Hales the Chemist in Bath’s Argyle Street will be coming down in the next few days. It has been supporting members of the Cliveden Conservation team who have been working on a restoration project involving stripping, repainting and gilding a royal coat of arms belonging to Queen Charlotte. You […]

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Bath’s new hotel opens for business

The new Apex City of Bath Hotel has had what you might call a ‘soft opening’ with forty odd rooms now taking paying guests. The reception and downstair bar areas are also in business. I am told facilities like the gym and pool will be coming on line in a month or so. Apex said […]

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Have your say on heritage.

Members of the public are being asked to comment on plans to enhance Bath’s World Heritage status. The City of Bath World Heritage Site Management Plan  – devised by B&NES – has been renewed with a draft published for public consultation. Bath is an exceptional site in that the entire urban area is inscribed as […]

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Looking into Bath’s heritage future.

Everything from traffic and bad architecture to waterways and pollution were under discussion today during a ‘workshop’ held at Bath Assembly Rooms to help B&NES formulate a World Heritage Management Plan for the next six years. Around eighty people from local businesses and city organisations – including the heritage sector – were invited to take […]

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Celebrate World Heritage Day in Bath

Prior Park Landscape Garden will be playing host to Bath’s World Heritage Day celebrations today – Sunday April 19th. This popular annual event is now in its sixth year, and has been held at locations around the city. This year the theme is the landscape setting of the World Heritage Site, which can be appreciated […]

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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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Bath’s hidden Chinese history

A little bit of Bath‘s hidden history is going to be revealed to us all in a couple of months and it has nothing to do with the city’s Roman or Georgian past. Just across the road from the Assembly Rooms – and around the corner from the Circus – you will find the Museum […]

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Corps – What a Year!

The Mayor of Bath’s Corps of Honorary Guides – which gives free tours around the World Heritage city on 364 days of the year – is celebrating a bumper season. The number of visitors and locals taken on daily tours of  its historic streets was 34,000 compared to 30,875 the year before. The annual general […]

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