Blood, Sweat and Tears: Bath at Work in Tudor and Stuart Times
April 5th – November 1st
Open every day 10.30 a.m – 5 p.m.
The story of the city’s commercial development in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Admission free with entry to the Museum.
Three Joined in One: Cater, Stoffell and Fortt of Bath
Exhibition at Museum of Bath at Work
April 12 –October 1 2013
Admission Free with admission to Museum
The fascinating story of one of Bath’s most famous businesses which comprised a restaurant, an outside catering operation, a wine and spirit merchants, ironmongers, delicatessen, biscuit making factory (the famous Bath Oliver digestive biscuits), a soft drinks factory and a spa water bottling plant. Cater, Stoffell and Fortt had branches across Bath and Bristol and flourished until the 1970s.
Collaborative Event with Creative Writing and Creative Artwork Students at Bath Spa University
4th – 8th June
The Creative Work exhibition takes a look behind-the-scenes into a range of creative roles, including film and television production; creative writing; and marketing and advertising, and looks at motivations and different ways of working. The exhibition has been developed in partnership between the Museum of Bath at Work, Bath Spa University and local creative industries organisations.
The exhibition will be hosted at the Museum of Bath at Work and will include an evening of screenings and discussion (5th June), a ‘Write Now’ workshop in collaboration with the Department of Work and Pensions (6th June) and be part of Local History Day (8th June).
The Best for the Most with the Least
Bath and the Council House: A Social History
June 12th – November 1st
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 November 1st 2013 and admission is free with admission to the Museum.
Museum Workshop for Secondary School Engineers
May 22nd – 25th
A week of workshops for budding engineers at secondary schools in Bath organised with Bristol based consultancy Myfuturemychoice. The aim is to produce a series of working hydraulic cranes from commonplace materials such as plastic plumbing fixtures. On the final day Saturday 25th May a public demonstration of the finished work will be made at Green Park Station.
Three Dimensional Artwork from Bath Spa University Design School
15th – 21st May
The Museum of Bath at Work has been working with Andrew Haythornwaite and Shai Akram on a short exhibition of student work in 3D design to be staged at the Museum. On Wednesday 15th a full day of assessments and judging will be held at the Museum with the official opening in the evening.
Museum Night: The Rude Mechanicals
Saturday May 18th from 6 p.m.
Volunteer Colin Barnes and theatre director Matt Nation have collaborated on a drama presentation for this year’s late night opening of the Museum on National Museum Night. A production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is to be staged later in the summer at Green Park station, and Mr Nation has kindly offered to have a series of showings of the scene with the Rude Mechanicals preparing for their own dramatic presentation (the play within the play). There will be several performances of this excerpt at the Museum on the evening of Saturday May 18th, beginning at 6 p.m.
Industrial Walks and Talks
Director Stuart Burroughs will be presenting a short series of walks and talks in areas around Bath in the evenings during July and August. Weather permitting, two walks are arranged.
Thursday July 25th. Bathampton: Commercial Development in a Village
Meet at 7:30 p.m. in the car park of the Bathampton Mill Restaurant. Walk is approximately 1 mile in total.
Thursday August 8th. London Road and Landslip.
Meet at 7.30 p.m. at entrance of car park of Morrisons Supermarket on the London Road. The walk will end at the Museum of Bath at Work with a brief description of recent developments and displays.
The Play’s the Thing! Student Theatre at the Museum.
Towards the end of May, the Museum will as usual play host to a number of theatrical companies as part of the Bath Festival Fringe. This year two student theatre companies are presenting award-winning shows that have toured the country and, in the case of the Bangor student theatre group, have been shown at the Edinburgh Festival.
On May 31st and June 1st the Bangor English Drama Society (BEDS)will present their surrealist play ‘Julie in the Soup’, written by Nathan Moore. The performance will begin at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £5 available from the Museum.
On Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th, Bath University Student Theatre (BUST) will present a minimalist (!) production of Alice in Wonderland and a short play by J.M. Barrie entitled Marie Rose. Performances are at 7.30 p.m., with a matinee on the Sunday afternoon at 2.30 p.m. Tickets £5 available from the Museum.
Working Undercover: Plots, Spies and Espionage in Tudor and Stuart England.
Thursday May 16th Lecture by Dr John Wroughton.
This lecture accompanies the exhibition on Working Bath in Tudor and Stuart Times and will begin at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £5 available from the Museum. You are advised to book early for this popular event.
In the Footsteps of Ralph Allen – new collaborative trail leaflet
A walking trail leaflet featuring five attractions associated with Ralph Allen – Bath’s business genius – was launched on April 23rd. This free leaflet shows five historical sites – the Combe Down Interpretation Centre – The Cornerstone, Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath Postal Museum, the Building of Bath Museum and the Museum of Bath at Work, leading from Combe Down to Lansdown.