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Artist's impression of the new Archway Centre

Bath Heritage News

City of Bath World Heritage Site turns 30! 

On 11 December 1987 the City of Bath was inscribed by UNESCO to the World Heritage list.  Bath was in an illustrious group of new sites in 1987 including the Great Wall of China, the Acropolis in Greece and Venice and its Lagoon.  In Autumn 2017 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Bath's special status with four free lunchtime talks about World Heritage Sites in the UK.  Tony Crouch, City of Bath World Heritage Site Manager, set the scene at the first talk when he delivered his '30 Year Review' of Bath World Heritage Site.  In the weeks that followed we heard from three guest speakers: Humphrey Welfare, Chairman of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site Partnership Board, Sarah Simmonds, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Co-ordinator and Natasha Downie, HM Tower of London World Heritage Site Co-ordinator.  All talks were well attended and well received.  Thank you to our speakers and all who came along.

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!

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.  

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.

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). 

Museums Week, 27 October - 4 November 2018

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 2018 events will take place from Saturday 27 October to Sunday 4 November.  Full details of events including workshops, screenings, trails, special exhibitions and dates for free entry will be posted on the Museums Week website.  A 2018 brochure will be published nearer the time but to get a taster of what is to come see the 2017 brochure. Download 2017 Museums Week brochure (PDF 900KB).

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)