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Artist's impression of the new Archway Centre

Bath Heritage News

Archway Project receives Lottery funding to deliver a World Heritage Centre for Bath

The Archway Centre project is celebrating after securing a £3.4million Heritage Lottery Fund grant towards the development of a £5million World Heritage Centre and Learning Centre.  The Lottery grant, along with funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation and other funders, enables Bath & North East Somerset's Heritage Services team to realise plans to convert Grade II listed Victorian laundry buildings in York Street and Swallow Street in central Bath into the new facility which includes a World Heritage Centre at street level and a fully accessible Learning Centre for the Roman Baths situated above and below.  The project will deliver the first ever dedicated interpretation centre for the World Heritage Site, where visitors and residents will be able to discover more about the unique heritage of the City of Bath, and its World Heritage Site status.  The centre will assist visitors to discover the best of the World Heritage city during their stay in Bath, and will offer an insight into what being a World Heritage Site means for the living city today.

Discover more about on the Archway Project webpage.  

New Chair for World Heritage Site Steering Group

The City of Bath World Heritage Site is overseen by a Steering Group of representatives from relevant local and national bodies.  You can find out more on the Steering Group web page.  The Group is chaired by an independent chairperson. In Summer 2017 Professor Barry Gilbertson became the new Chair of the Steering Group, Mr Peter Metcalfe having completed his three-year term.  Thank you to Peter for all of his work and support over the past few years, and welcome to Barry!

City of Bath World Heritage Site 30th Anniversary Talks

Join us this Autumn as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of UNESCO's inscription of the City of Bath as a World Heritage Site with four free lunchtime talks at Bath's Guildhall about World Heritage Sites in the UK.  

Wednesday 1 November, 1.10-1.45pm, Bath World Heritage Site: 30 Year Review, Tony Crouch, City of Bath World Heritage Site Manager 

Wednesday 8 November, 1.10-1.45pm, Hadrian's Wall, Humphrey Welfare, Chairman of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site Partnership Board

Wednesday 15 November, 1.10-1.45pm, Stonehenge and Avebury, Sarah Simmonds, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Co-ordinator

Wednesday 22 November, 1.10-1.45pm, HM Tower of London, Natasha Downie, HM Tower of London World Heritage Site Co-ordinator

Heritage Events, September to December 2017

Download the Heritage Events leaflet to find out about family events, adult events and community events taking place in Bath and North East Somerset from September to December 2017.

Museums Week, 21 - 29 October 2017

Every year during the October half term holiday, museums and heritage sites in Bath and North East Somerset offer special events and free entry to local residents of all ages as part of Museums Week (formerly known as Heritage Open Week). In 2017 events will take place from Saturday 21 October to Sunday 29 October.  Full details of events including workshops, screenings, trails, special exhibitions and dates for free entry can be found on the Museums Week website.

The 2017 brochure will be published later this year but to get a taster of what is to come see the 2016 brochure. Download 2016 Museums Week brochure (PDF 946KB).

Heritage Open Days, 13 - 16 September 2018

Every year in September many buildings and places of interest in Bath and the surrounding area take part in Heritage Open Days, the national 'open doors' festival.  During the four day event residents and visitors have opportunities to visit interesting places free of charge that are usually closed to the public or difficult to access.  You can search the Heritage Open Days website to find places to visit. To get a taster of the 2017 event, take a look at the Heritage Open Days brochure (PDF). 

Resources for teachers

Bath Preservation Trust working in association with Bath & North East Somerset Council have launched revised World Heritage Site teaching resources for Primary and Secondary schools.  The resource packs focus on celebrating and protecting special places and contain all of the information needed for planning a cross-curricula 'World Heritage Day' event at school.  Further details can be found on the Bath Preservation Trust website.  

Download the World Heritage Site resource pack for Primary schools (Zipped PDF, 920KB)

Download the World Heritage Site resource pack for Secondary schools (Zipped PDF, 237KB)