The Big Mend

IMG_0112As usual, this highly successful sewing circle will be held on the last Wednesday of the month, 26th November.

There will be no session in December. Admission is free. For further details, please contact the Museum on 01225 318348


Heritage Open Week 2014






The Lady Mayor, Councillor Cherry Beath attended one of the many events at the Museum during Heritage Open Week.

2014 Michael Cross Lecture

Wednesday 10 September 2014 6.30 pm for 7 p.m.

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By Mark Palmer

Mark Palmer, author of ‘Made to Last: the Story of Clarks Shoes’, is also a journalist. He began his newspaper career in New York when in 1982 he became the first Englishman to win the coveted Nelly Bly Cub Reporter of the Year award. On returning to the UK, he worked at the Evening Standard, Sunday Telegraph (where he was News Editor), Daily Express and is currently a writer and editor at the Daily Mail. A direct descendant of Samuel Palmer, a co-founder of Huntley and Palmer, the biscuit company, Mark has a particular interest in family businesses.

Tickets available from the Hon. Treasurer, Friends of the Museum of Bath at Work. £7.50 including refreshments

Knowing Your Place Exhibition

As Easy as ABC!

This permanent exhibition is the result of a year-long project involving the Museum of Bath at Work and local community groups. Twelve areas of Bath have each created an alphabetical list of fascinating and significant features in their locality, illustrated by photograph, painting or drawing. and celebrating both modern and historic elements of our city.Combe down B is for Bath Asparagus


Heritage Open Day 2014

Sunday September 14th

Free admission for three historic films on Folk Traditions and Pastimes.

3-potato[1]One Potato, Two Potato (1957)

11.00 a.m. Documentary on children’s games and pastimes. (30 mins)


images[1]Oss Oss Wee Oss (1953)

1.00 p.m. Documentary about the Padstow Hobby Horse. Brilliant! (20 mins)

education1Walk in St George! (1952)

2.00 p.m. Documentary about a village Mummers’ Play at Symondsbury, Dorset. (25 mins)



Heritage Open Week October 24th – November 2nd

Every Day: ‘A Bath Alphabet’.

Can you suggest an alphabetical list of things you’d like to see to represent the city? Have a look at our new exhibition for inspiration. there is a prize for the most inventive and interesting!

The activity is being run all week. Pick up an activity sheet at the front desk.

garland-of-bells - Copy2Strange Stories: The Tales of Robert Aickman.

Friday October 24th. 7.30 p.m.

Reading of eerie tales and showing of two short films by this master of the Supernatural.

Heritage and Local History Fair

Saturday October 25th. 10.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Local History stalls and short talks on local history and heritage.

Strange Stories: As above

7.30 p.m.

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Monday October 27th 11.00 a.m. and 12 noon.

A short documentary film about steam firemen and locomotive drivers in 1959.

The Express

Tuesday October 28th 11.00 a.m. and 12 noon.

Short film from 1953 about creating a local newspaper edition from reporters to printers. Fascinating stuff!

K Bathampton kennet and avon canalCanals and Ghosts

Wednesday October 29th 1.00 p.m. Light lunch available.

Waterways and supernatural fiction with special reference to the Kennet and Avon Canal!

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Thursday October 30th 11.00 a.m. and 12 noon.

Teaching children to read and speak – a remarkable film from 1952. Unmissable. Really.

The Singing Street

Friday October 31st 11.00 a.m. and 12 noon.

Short documentary film about children’s street games and songs from England and Scotland.

Strange Stories

See details for October 24th/25th above.


Home Fires: Bath and the First World War

A programme of lectures and film

Bath at War: Bath and the Great War

August 7th 2014 7.30 p.m.

A Review by Dr Andrew Swift. Admission £5.00

War Works: Bath and Manufacturing during the Great War

August 21st 2014 7.30 p.m.

Stuart Burroughs. Admission £5

Conscience: Conscription and Conscientious Objectors in Bath during the Great War

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August 28th 2014 7.30 p.m.

Dr Andrew Swift. Admission £5


A Month in the Country

A month in the country 1987September 3rd 2014 7.30 p.m. Admission free.

Showing of rare 1987 film about the aftermath of the First World War.

Starring Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh and Natasha Richardson. Highly recommended. Introduced by Stuart Burroughs, Museum Director.




80,000 Suspects (1963)

80,000Wednesday November 19th 2014

Smallpox breaks out in Bath (where else?) and there’s a race against time to stop it spreading. Filmed almost entirely on location in Bath in late 1962/early 1963. Tremendous fun. Not the smallpox obviously.

Features Clare Bloom and more British character actors of the time than you could shake a stick at. A Val Guest production hot on the heels of ‘The Day the Earth Caught Fire’ but not quite as good. Still good though.

Admission free but donations welcome.

Beyond the North Gate

A Streetwise History of Walcot and Broad Streets

This exhibition shows 2000 years of working life in Broad and Walcot Streets – the heart of artisan Bath in words and pictures.

July 10th to August 6th 2014

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George-dropping – we’re celebrating 300 years of Grace and Elegance


George I was crowned in 1714  and this is the perfect year to discover graceful living, Georgian style. Visit us and 16 other museums, only in Bath.

Films of Charles and Ray Eames:
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For Museum Night 2014 the Museum of Bath at Work will be showing two films made by the innovative design team of Charles and Ray Eames. Famous for the design of furniture and interiors, the Eames Office also made films and at 7.30 p.m and 8.30 p.m. on Saturday May 17th, the museum will be showing Powers of Ten (1968) and House – After Five Years of Living (1958). Admission is free but donations are welcome!

The Silver Screen: a Festival of Local Distinctiveness

A short festival of films in 2014 to lead up to the official opening of ‘Knowing Your Place: Bath in Particular’. The Festival will comprise early evening showings of six films and has been funded along with the exhibition itself by the Heritage Lottery fund. All the films are free of charge but donations are welcome.

Thursday April 17th 7.30 pm:

A Canterbury Tale (1944) (90 minutes)

A Canterbury Tale2Powell and Pressburger’s curious film celebrating the British landscape and heritage through the experiences of four contemporary pilgrims on their way to Canterbury: a British officer, a Land Girl, an American G.I. and a local magistrate. Magnificent.





Thursday April 24th 7.30 pm:

Akenfield (1974) (80 minutes)

akenfieldTaken from Ronald Blythe’s seminal book of oral testimony in a Suffolk village, the film, made on a low budget with villagers comprising the cast, contrasts contemporary and historic life in a small rural community. Essential viewing for local historians.





Thursday May 1st 7.30 pm:

Requiem for a Village (1979) (80 minutes)

requiem for a villageDavid Gladwell’s poetic rumination on the loss of historical tradition and livelihoods through the story of an old man recalling a village’s idyllic past – which surprisingly comes to life as he tends the local churchyard.





Thursday May 8th 7.30 pm:

Listen to Britain (1943) (30 minutes)

listen to britainHumphrey Jennings’ masterful film of the sounds of Britain at War. Without any dialogue or narration the very essence of Britain is conjured from the recordings of film and sound.






Thursday May 15th 7.30 pm:

The Landscape and Summer: an evening of short films:

landscape and summer eveningA Summer Discord (1955), Miss Thompson Goes Shopping (1958) by David Gladwell; H is for House (1975) and Windows (1976) by Peter Greenaway. Two short films taking their inspiration from a rural landscape and lives lived out against its backdrop from David Gladwell, whilst the two short films from Peter Greenaway consider the value and ordering of the information gleaned from documentary film making – a lesson for museum professionals! (90 minutes)



folk films 1Thursday May 22nd 7.30 pm:

Folk Films: an Evening of Short Documentary Films (1930 – 1980)

Selection of short films made by folk historians in the 20th century of traditions and customs which have either disappeared or survived. (80 minutes)

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June 12th – until the end of March 2014

The story of how, in the twentieth century, council house building reshaped the city of Bath, expanding its borders and for the first time putting the provision of good quality housing, for the poorest, in the hands of local government.
Throughout the century, and in particular after 1945, local authority building evolved from semi-detached cottages to garden suburbs and from low-rise apartment blocks to brutalist towers.
The exhibition runs from Wednesday June 12th to the end of March 2014 and admission is free with admission to the Museum.



November Film Shows

Lunchtime Lectures in November 2013

£5.00/Concession £4.00

1 p.m. Light Lunch from 12.30

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6th November

British manufacturing in the 20th century through documentary film from the Museum collection.

Workers and Jobs


13th November

British industry and its fate in the 20th century through documentary films from the Museum collection.




Christmas Craft Fayre

Saturday 7th December. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Stalls at the Craft Fayre will have an array of fabulous locally made creations, from knitted toys and goods, jewellery, cards, calendars and decorative stationery to glassware, lavender items and mosaic work. This is a great opportunity to buy all those last minute Christmas presents and stocking fillers, with prices to suit all pockets. The Museum itself will also have items for sale. In addition, the Museum’s curator, Stuart Burroughs, will be giving short talks each hour about a variety of historical topics.Christmas_presents_2416800b

Entrance to the Fayre will be free, but donations to fundraising efforts to enable the installation of a lift to improve disabled access are always welcome.





Two Destination Language: Near Gone

A sensory journey to Bulgaria … and near-death

Saturday 9th November 2013 at 7.30 p.m.

‘Humour, raw emotion and stunning beauty.’ The Point, Eastleigh

A gripping story of survival, told with passionate dancing, pounding gypsy music and tremendous honesty. Winner of the inaugural Suitcase Prize as part of Pulse Ipswich, it’s now on tour, and audiences are telling us they love it!

£12, £10 concessions

Booking: or call 01225 386777

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Sylvia Rimat: If You Decide to Stay

Playful, quirky life performance that will get your neurons firing.

Saturday 16th November 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

‘Subtly brilliant, clever and very human work …’ Richard Gregory, Quarantine

If you’ve ever pondered on how difficult it is to know what you really want, make the decision to go and see this inventive and playful performance. If You Decide to Stay looks at decision-making through the neurons involved in the process and the complexity of the worlds around and within us. Using the image of a meadow and the stars above, Sylvia Rimat takes a wry look at the decisions that have led her to this very point on the stage and celebrates the choice that each audience member made to join her.

£12, £10 c0ncessions

Booking: or call 01225 386777