Have You Heard the News? Bath and the Big Issue

Big Issue Seller
Date:April 5th 2019 to September 1st 2019
Venue:The Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Rd, Bath

Bath Big Issue vendors have become a fixed point in many local people’s lives over the years. In this exhibition, we would like to share with you the day-to-day working lives of Big Issue vendors in Bath, and their personal journeys.

Since its launch in 1991, the magazine has become a familiar sight in Bath. The award-winning weekly magazine offers hope for homeless and vulnerably housed people across the UK. Vendors buy magazines for £1.25 and sell to the public for £2.50, keeping the difference. In this way, the magazine provides them with the means to earn a legitimate income.

Entry to the exhibition is included with admission to the museum.

More about the Big Issue Foundation in Bath.


The Horstmann Self-Winding Clock – Update

Horstmann & Son Shop Front

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends and sponsors, the restoration of the unique self-winding Horstmann clock is under way. Thank you to everyone who helped.

Specialist clock restorers Clockworks Workshop of London have had the clock movement delivered, and have started work on returning the mechanism to working order.

Whilst we cannot restore the ‘self-winding’ mechanism, we will be able to show the clock working. The associated interpretation will explain its value and importance and may include a scale model of the heat driven motor’s operation.

Only three self-winding clocks made by Gustav Horstmann exist, and each is unique with its own special features. The museum’s example is the only clock on public exhibition. We hope to have the clock back on display, in a more prominent position, by the summer.  We plan a grand unveiling – details to follow.

Gustav Horstmann was a well-known inventor, and maker of clocks and watches in 19th century Bath. His sons established the Horstmann Gear Company and the Horstman Car Company. Nowadays, Horstmann make controls for domestic heating controls and metering equipment. Horstman Defence make suspension systems for armoured vehicles.

Become a Friend of the Museum

Want to Help? Volunteers Always Needed

Graphic -volunteers needed

We are always pleased to welcome a new volunteer at the Museum of Bath at Work. If you have a few hours to spare, once a week, once a fortnight or a once a month then why not join us. We need your help. We need you skills. We need your time.

Since it opened in 1978, volunteers have staffed the museum almost entirely. Stuart Burroughs is the only member of paid staff. Volunteers do everything Stuart cannot do or that he does not have time to do. There are opportunities to help the museum in every field:

·         Working with the public

·         Helping conserve and investigating our collections

·         Researching and displaying the archives

·         Fundraising

·         Publicising the museum through traditional or social media

·         And much, much more

Phone Stuart on 01225 318348 for a chat

Alternatively, email: mobaw@hotmail.com

Some of the volunteers at the museum

More about becoming a Volunteer at the Museum of Bath at Work