Bath Fringe Festival Films June 2019

The Museum is participating in the Bath Fringe Festival by showing two films of local interest. Filmed near Bath, they feature local people involved in the ‘youth culture’ of the 1960s and will blow your socks off!

Some People, a Bath Fringe Film
Film:Some People (1962)
Date & time:Saturday, 25 May 2019, 19:30
Venue:The Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Rd, Bath
Admission:£5.00
Length:1 hr 33 min

Bored young rebels, living for kicks’ so reads the description of this early 1960s musical made and filmed in Bristol. With a swathe of British character actors – David Hemmings, Angela Douglas, Harry H Corbett and Kenneth More all attempting Bristolian accents. See teenagers fall off motorbikes in the Clifton Gorge and complain about missing a bus at the Hippodrome. Has to be seen to be believed. 

Introduced by Museum Director Stuart Burroughs.

Glastonbury Fayre - A Bath Fringe Film
Film:Glastonbury Fayre (1971)
Date & time:Saturday, 1 June 2019, 19:30
Venue: The Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Rd, Bath
Admission:£5.00
Length:1 hr 27 min

On the subject of something having to be seen to be believed this classic film chronicles the first ever Glastonbury Festival. Made by famous director Nic Roeg, the contrast with the modern ‘glamping’ Glastonbury Festival is quite astonishing. In 1971 the several hundred attending put up with minimal facilities, rain and a succession of performers with no clothes on. Do not miss it. Features nudity.

Introduced by Museum Director Stuart Burroughs.


Party in the City 2019. Music for Relaxation and Dancing Friday May 17th 7.30 onwards

Party in the City-Screenshot Distant Objects
Distant Objects

As in previous years, the Museum of Bath at Work will be participating in the Bath Festival Opening Night. Join in on Friday May 17th, 7.30 onwards, for Party in the City 2019. The museum is showcasing two local musical ensembles: Flemp and Distant Objects.

Flemp create improvised world music. They use percussion and instruments from across the globe, and have composed musical pieces expressly for performance at the Museum of Bath at Work. The performance will take place in the displays of the Museum’s Bowler Collection. Stillness and Dissonance- The perfect antidote to post-Brexit anxiety!

Distant Objects create funk noir, a tense and spacious sound for dancing, reflecting on and wondering about. Instrumental with percussion breaks where you can join the band and hit something – ideally not one of the band or anything from the museum collections. Film Projections too. Tremendous fun.

Entrance to this Party in the City event is free.

Venue: Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Rd, Bath


Museum of Bath at Work and Bath Postal Museum Spring Film Season – Post Office Savings Bank

The Saving of Bill Blewitt-1930s GPO film-screen shot

Join us to watch two 1930s films from the GPO film unit. The cost is £5.00. The films are jointly organised and publicised by the Bath Postal Museum and ourselves. The two museums will share the proceeds.

The General Post Office created the GPO film unit in 1933. The Unit soon became internationally renowned as a centre for creative, exciting public information films. The films deal with various aspects of the GPOs work in the 1930s, and give us an evocative record of that era.

The Saving of the Post Office! Post Office Savings Bank

Date & Time:May 8th 2019 – 12.30 pm
Venue:The Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Rd, Bath
Admission:£5.00 (Free if you have already paid for museum admission)
Featuring:The Saving of Bill Blewett (1936)
John Atkins Saves Up (1934)

Two famous films from the GPO Film Unit. The Saving of Bill Blewett is widely regarded as a classic. Filmed on location at Mousehole, Cornwall and with a musical score written by Benjamin Britten and played by the local villagers. Introduced by Museum Director Stuart Burroughs.

The films last about an hour.

A light lunch of sandwiches will be available to purchase.

These are the last of the GPO films in our Spring Film Season, but look out for the two evening films from the Bath Fringe.