ARTWORKS: Five Artists respond to the Museum of Bath at Work Exhibition May 26-June 30 2018

A group of 5 artists present a range of works at The Museum of Bath at Work from May 26th until the end of June. Created in response to the collection, works include ceramics, print and paint and a short film demonstrating the working side of art practice that lies behind what is seen.

The idea behind the exhibition is not only to celebrate the museum’s extensive assembly of artefacts and information and remember Bath’s working heritage but also to remind one that art involves work and it needn’t be an uncrossable divide between museum and gallery. The artists have picked on different aspects; either responding to the concept of ‘work’, or to items in the museum, or to a specific aspect of the great industrial heritage of Bath’s history.

The works can be found on the top floor of the museum and is an exciting and eclectic mix of styles and mediums. Jan Byrne‘s highly decorative ceramics highlight and acclaim different modes of work – for instance Piece Work and Part-time Work, while Mark Thomas, painter, has focused on Bath’s extensive textile industry and the sense of the production line. Ryszard Sliwka’s paintings address both the role of female labour in the history of Bath and the importance of crafts, local materials and invention in the shaping of the city. Charlotte Moore is presenting hand coloured carborundum prints representing aspects of the museum’s collection, such as the pharmacy and the metal workshop while Anna Kot is remembering Stothert and Pitt and the invention of the level-luffing crane and also presents photographic montage of the many curios bits and pieces clustered across the museum space below. To accompany the works, a short film, made by Eleanor Scott and Robert Spanring will be on show, highlighting the working aspects of making art – routine activities and some more arduous requirements that often go unnoticed but which are an essential part of the artists day.

Museum in Contention for European Museum Academy Award 2018

The Museum has reached the shortlist of the prestigious Luigi Micheletti Award presented by the European Museum Academy to museums of commercial, social or local history. Only two museums in the United Kingdom have reached this stage and along with 30 other museums across the continent,  judges have visited the Museum of Bath at Work to discuss its innovative approach to engaging local communities through its Knowing Your Place initiative. The prize has in previous years been awarded to the Dublin Post Office Museum and other important museums, across Europe. Karl Murr -the President of the European Museum Academy visited the museum and met Director Stuart Burroughs and Chairman of the Museum Board Trevor Turpin on May 2.

The award will be presented to the successful applicant at the special ceremony at Arhus Open Air Museum in Denmark in September. Keep your fingers crossed!

Museum Film and Band Performance for Opening Night of Bath Festival Friday May 18th 2018

The Museum of Bath at Work is participating in Bath Festival’s opening night with an excitement packed evening of film and toe tapping live music. Both of these events are free and will be introduced by Museum Director Stuart Burroughs

6 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. ‘Thunderbirds are Go!‘ Rare showing of big screen version of famous television series, from 1966. International Rescue are called in when a manned mission to the planet Mars goes wrong. Wouldn’t you know it? Great stuff including a performance from – ahem- Cliff Richard and the Shadows.  Rockets! Explosions! Puppets!


8 p.m – 8.30 p.m. The Light Brigade. Spindly yet sprightly post-punk jangle, from Bath band formed with a shared interest in chess tournaments, antiques fairs and poetry readings. Like a chamber music recital presented by The Velvet Underground. Great Guitars too.