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At Your Convenience!

350 Toilet_1887After almost 40 years of dedicated service to the public the museum’s bathrooms are in need of upgrading and refurbishing and the Friends of the Museum have agreed to run a fundraising campaign to have these vital facilities improved.

Not only are more visitors using the facilities but with the great increase of use of the museum for corporate events we need to have appropriate facilities. We have already received quotes for the work and the sum we need to raise is £7000.

If you would be willing to make a donation — at your convenience — then please write a cheque to:

Friends of the Museum of Bath at Work and address your envelope to Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath, BA1 2RH.

Alternatively you can make a donation by bank transfer to the account as follows:

Account name: Friends of the Museum of Bath at Work

Account number: 00391107

Sort code: 20-05-06

If you can help we would hope to have the work completed this year and we will be flushed with success!

Global Fame

We have recently welcomed Mr Dave Smithson who visited the Museum from New Zealand. Mr Smithson is the world’s leading authority on soda water siphons and not only has a large collection but is writing the definitive study on soda water siphons. Not only was Mr Smithson impressed by our collection of siphons and literature (in the Bowler Collection archives) but made some suggestions as to how we might better present these items. As far as he is aware there is no other collection of a mineral water making factory on public display anywhere else, and he has travelled the world investigating soft drinks making equipment and accessories.

“You will not find anything else like this anywhere on earth!”

He said ‘This collection is unique, I’ve never seen anything like it both in terms of volume – you’ve almost 400 siphons for example – and quality. The Bowler Collection contains some of the rarest and oldest siphons in existence anywhere and the collection of documents is priceless. You will not find anything else like this anywhere on earth!’ I suspect we are all aware of how precious the Bowler Collection is but it is always a delight to have it confirmed!


Robert Aickman centenary

To mark the centenary of acclaimed British horror writer Robert Aickman the museum hosted a series of events celebrating his strange and spooky work – just in time for Halloween.

Aickman is widely regarded as England’s most accomplished writer of the supernatural in the 20th century. He was also an active conservationist, environmentalist and campaigner for the preservation of the inland waterways. The preservation of the Kennet and Avon Canal, in which he took special interest and visited regularly in the 1950s, would not have been possible without his efforts.

Ringing the Changes – a dramatization of Aickman’s most famous short story – was presented by the Halfpenny Theatre Company on three nights in late October. A honeymooning couple arrive at a remote East coast town on a gloomy October night. They bicker, they squabble: clearly things are not well between them. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it is tonight that all the church bells ring. But it’s when they finally stop that the nightmare begins! The story was dramatized by director Colin Barnes and the Halfpenny Theatre Company generously offered their services for free.


The cast of ‘Ringing the Changes’