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Artist's impression of the new Archway Centre

Bath Heritage News

Architecture and engineering were under the spotlight at Bath World Heritage Day

Bath celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Day on Thursday 18 April with a free community event at Green Park Station with the theme of architectural and engineering achievements in Bath: past, present and future.  Visitors of all ages enjoyed a range of free activities from themed talks and guided walks, to hands-on activities and encounters with characters from Bath's past.  Read our report from the day.  To discover more about heritage events in Bath visit our events page

Great Spas of Europe bid recommended for endorsement

The Cabinet of Bath & North East Somerset Council meets in October 2018 with a recommendation to endorse Bath's part in the Great Spas of Europe trans-national World Heritage Site status bid.  Read the press release here.  Bath is one of 11 European spa towns that are together bidding for World Heritage Site status.  The bid will be submitted to UNESCO by 31 January 2019, after which it will be assessed by ICOMOS (as advisors to UNESCO) and, all being well, a recommendation will be presented to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in June/July 2020.

Bath Preservation Trust 'Making Changes' publication shortlisted for top award

Bath Preservation Trust's latest guidance book 'Making Changes' has been shortlisted in the 'Excellence in Planning Delivery' category at the forthcoming Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence 2018.  The publication was produced to assist owners of listed properties to understand the planning system and act in a conservation-sensitive manner when undertaking changes to their properties. It was produced by Bath Preservation Trust with sponsorship from Historic England and the Bath World Heritage Site Enhancement Fund. You can read the full press release here.  We wish Bath Preservation Trust every success for the awards in November 2018.  Making Changes can be downloaded from the Bath Preservation Trust website and hard copies can be picked up from No. 1 Royal Crescent.   

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 and new name for World Heritage Site Steering Group

The City of Bath World Heritage Site is overseen by a group of representatives from relevant local and national bodies.  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!  On January 1 2018 the City of Bath World Heritage Site Steering Group changed its name to the City of Bath World Heritage Site Advisory Board.  You can find out more on the Advisory Board web page.  

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

The Archway 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, July to December 2019

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 July to December 2019.

Heritage Open Days, 13 - 22 September 2019

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 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, and see details of buildings and sites opening in Bath and North East Somerset in the 2019 brochure (PDF). Brochures can also be picked up at local libraries, Council offices and attractions. 

Museums Week, 26 October - 3 November 2019

Every year during the Autumn 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 2019 events will take place from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November.  Nearer the time full details of events including workshops, screenings, trails, special exhibitions and dates for free entry will be listed in a Museums Week brochure and are posted on the Museums Week website.  For a flavour of the events see the 2018 Museums Week brochure.

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)