Events and Films for Spring 2017

The Open Road – Early silent and colour film show 2nd March 2017









Dir. Claude Friese-Greene | 1925 | UK | 64 min

Thursday 2nd March

7pm (doors 7pm / film 8pm)

Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RH

Advance tickets from £8 / £4 Student / £3 statutory benefit & single parent / £0 refugees & carers


With much demand Pop Up Docs’ archive screening returns with THE OPEN ROAD, a silent film with musical score. A travelogue filmed by Claude Friese-Greene between 1924 and 1925 on a motor journey between Land’s End and John O’Groats, passing through Bath, using Friese-Greene’s two colour additive process.

Bath Arts Workshop Open Day Saturday February 25th 2017 Museum of Bath at Work

Did you live in Bath in the 1970’s?  Do you remember Bath Arts Workshop, the Other Festivals or the Comtek events?  If you do, then you are invited to come along to the Museum of Bath at Work between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 25th February, when a group of ex Bath Arts Workshop members will be there to meet you.  The group is collating material for a book and film about the flowering of counterculture in the city from 1969 onwards with an intended launch date in 2019. This will coincide with an exhibition at the Museum looking at the same period through the prism of commerce and work.bath-arts-workshop









Nigel Leach who is co-ordinating the event with Museum Director Stuart Burroughs says  ‘We believe that there is a story to tell about that time, and that it may even have some relevance to life today!  Bath is rightly proud of the successful Natural Theatre Company, which grew out of the Arts Workshop, and its great to have access to the theatre company archives for this project.  However, we believe there other related stories in people’s memories we could draw on, as well as photos in attics and scrap- books, hence our call for people to come to and talk to us at the Museum on the 25th February. We will be delighted to meet anyone who is interested in our project’.

Small Grant makes a Big Difference

Child’s Alphabet Project Completed

A project funded by the South West Museum Development Office has enabled the Museum to work with six local primary schools, in the compilation of six local alphabets, created by children in the schools themselves. The Small Grant Big Difference Scheme funded the project to the sum of £1000 and the local alphabets – created by children at the schools scrutinising their surroundings-will be displayed at the Museum in the summer of 2017.


The exhibition of alphabets has been illustrated with images – some supplied as paintings, drawings and photographs- by the children themselves. Director Stuart Burroughs said, ‘This has been a really worthwhile project engaging children in the creation of small exhibitions which they have helped make. I’m sure they have found it as valuable as we have!’

Artist in Residence at Museum of Bath at Work

Bath at Work has invited Duncan Harper to work in the museum over a period of time as an ‘Artist in Residence’. Through his drawings he will be making a documentary record of its daily comings and goings, the people who literally and metaphorically keep the wheels turning, the many and varied visitors and, of course, the marvellous collection of artefacts that are housed there. You can see his blog at


Make More Noise! The Suffragettes in Silent Film 1899 -1917

Saturday March 11th 11.00 a.m

Introduced by Museum Director, Stuart Burroughs

Admission free

For International Women’s Day

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Out East!: The Horstmann Gear Company in India

Wednesday March 15th 1 p.m.

Presented by Museum Director, Stuart Burroughs

£5.00 Light Lunch available.

In 1962 after some discussions the Horstmann Gear Company entered a business arrangement with an Indian entrepreneur with the intention to establish a presence for the Bath company in Asia. The consequent troubles with poor communication and unscrupulous business practice became legendary and eventually forced Horstmann to abandon their plans.



In the City: Weaver & Sons of Broad Street ( and their neighbours! )

Wednesday March 22nd 1 p.m.

Presented by Museum Director Stuart Burroughs

£5.00 Light Lunch available

In the late 19th century the furniture and carpet retailing and cleaning business of Weaver & Son flourished in Broad Street in premises now occupied by the Kath Kidston shop and Rossiters department store. However running a business of this kind caused all manner of unexpected problems with complaints, long running legal cases and vociferous correspondence from local business and residential neighbours!




Alice 150 Years

To mark the 150th anniversary of the first popular edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland we will be showing two film versions of this classic tale.

Alice in Wonderland (1966)

Wednesday April 12th 7.30 p.m. Introduced by Museum Director Stuart Burroughs

£5.00 by donation Refreshments available

Made by Jonathan Miller in 1966 for the BBC and starring Peter Cook, Peter Sellers, Sir John, Gielgud, Malcolm Muggeridge, Alan Bennett and more British character actors than you could name, this surreal take on the famous tale became an instant hit on the BBC and was almost immediately repeated. Very amusing.



Something from Alice (1988)

Wednesday April 19th 7.30 p.m. Introduced by Museum Director Stuart Burroughs

£5.00 by donation Refreshments Available

Made by Czech film maker Jan Svankmajer this stop motion animation version of Alice in Wonderland is regarding as one of the best versions ever made. An international success when it came out,  it most closely follows Lewis Carroll’s original tale. With subtitles.




The Strange Case of Princess Caraboo

Wednesday April 26th 7.30 p.m. Introduced by Museum Director Stuart Burroughs

£5.00 by donation Refreshments available

In 1817 a young woman found wandering at Almondsbury near Bristol, claimed to be the Princess of a south seas island. Speaking a strange language and dressed exotically Princess Caraboo, as she called herself was the toast of fashionable Bath and even met George IV. What happened subsequently made fools of everyone. Starring Phoebe Cates, Kevin Kline and Jim Broadbent. Great stuff.


Faces of Bath 100 Portraits / 100 Years Exhibition

From 20 October 2016

 The Museum of Bath at Work has recently had a donation of a large number of photographic portraits taken at a Bath studio between 1912 and 1920. The portraits are of working Bathonians whose details have been saved and their lives can be traced. We have traced many of the biographical details of the subjects and will be displaying 100 of the portraits in high definition in a new exhibition being held at the museum’s Bath in Particular Gallery.

The exhibition opens on 20th October and admission to the display is free.




Bath and its Villages: As Easy as ABC!

 Between October 24th and 28th the Museum of Bath at Work is presenting an illustrated alphabet of five districts of the city. The alphabetic list of images is being presented at 11.00 a.m. each day that week by Museum Director Stuart Burroughs.

‘We have used a set of images suggested by local residents in the five areas to create the visual alphabets which will be projected onto the big screen with explanations by me. I hope residents from the areas come along as there is much more to Bath than meets the eye’

All the shows are free and being held in the top floor display hall. Illustrated is the famous cold water bath house at Bathampton.

The areas being covered are:

Monday 24th       Bathampton and Claverton Villages

Tuesday 25th      Bathwick

Wednesday 26th Bathford and Warleigh

Thursday 27th        Batheaston and Swainswick

Friday 28th                    Twerton and Newton




Liquid Light Show at Museum of Bath at Work

During the summer the Museum has been working with students at the Bath Light and Sound Workshop in the creation of a series of moving liquid light projections. Inspired by the work of Mark Boyle in the 1960s the projections have been created by filming moving oil and water slides heated and kept in motion. The projections –which will be different each day- will be shown in the Hudson Gallery between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each afternoon.

Admission is free.



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Close Up

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An exhibition of photographs taken by museum volunteer Adrian Betts is on show in the Hudson Gallery at the Museum. Adrian has been taking photographs of the objects and archives in the museum for some years and has specialized in close-up images of some of the most recognizable objects in the Bowler collection. As he says himself:

Over two years ago I started to take photographs of objects in the Museum. There wasn’t any direction that I followed or any timescale, just simply taking images of things that I wanted to share – parts of machines made from wood, cast in iron and covered by grease; bells to ring for the servants who could always be found another job; coins that jingled in pockets and purses, before the First World War, before the closure of the railways; staff magazines, a time clock, and jobs for life


Friday 3rd June and Sunday 5th June

Directed by Jamie Leich and presented by the Bath University Student Theatre.

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”… Vengeful Hamlet, haunted by his father’s Ghost and his own melancholy, seeks justice against his uncle who has usurped the throne and taken the Queen as his wife. Set in a 20th Century dictatorship, this shortened Shakespearean classic explores treachery, love, madness and revenge.

The Museum of Bath at Work presents

Ken Russell’s The Boyfriend

Wednesday 8th June 2016

The Boy Friend

Starring Twiggy, Barbara Windsor, Glenda Jackson etc. Hilarious and typically over-the-top version of Sandy Wilson’s slight musical comedy by Ken Russell. Featuring Twiggy (!) and a host of other British character actors you’ll recognise including, amazingly, Glenda Jackson. Dance sequences, dream sequences. You’ll fall about laughing. Probably.

Doors open 7:00pm, performance 7:30pm

Dog Show with Sylvia Hunt

Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June

8.00 p.m., tickets £5 (50% of proceeds donated to Bath Cats and Dogs Home)

Suitable for ages 12+

After its success at the Rondo Theatre in March… Dog Show is back in Bath! And this time it’s raising money for Bath Cats and Dogs Home!

Coiffed and teased to perfection, clipped and trimmed in all the right places Sylvia Hunt’s Dog Show is a fabulous 60 minutes of canine high jinks and biscuit slobbering joy!

Comedienne Sylvia Hunt explores the complex co-dependant relationship we share with our canine companions via a series of doggy puppet vignettes. Humorous, hilarious and painfully poignant Dog Show will prove once and for all that it is impossible not to smile at a four legged sausage as it scampers down the road!

Dog Show is a cabaret of tail wagging ingenuity featuring playful direction by Corina Bona and animated creatures and stage trickery by puppet maestro Mr Marc Parrett. Dog Show, the latest theatre piece from Bath based Sylvia Hunt, has been described as “Unique and wildly creative”…”Moments of pure comedy gold”. Sylvia’s rapport with her puppet dog Billy Bubbles at Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2015, was so successful she decided to create an hour long doggy cabaret show exploring our relationship with man best friend. After premiering at the Rondo Theatre Bath in March for this latest run of show Sylvia is teaming up with local charity Bath Cats and Dogs Home and giving 50% of proceeds to them to make tails wag and say thanks for the inspiration!

For a fiver a ticket you’re not only getting an evening of masterful doggy mayhem, you’re donating to some very worthy recipients across Bath and beyond!

“Keep your beady eye on this seriously funny and talented performer!” Chris Pirie – Green Ginger ‘Cocktails and Dogtails’ 2015

chronicle of a summerMidsummer Film: A Chronicle of A Summer (1961)

Wednesday 22nd June

7.30 p.m, free admission

Celebrate high summer with the only recent showing in this country of the ground breaking documentary interviewing workers in Paris during the summer of 1960. The first example of ‘Direct Cinema’ and by turns revealing, poignant and inspiring. Subtitled.