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World Heritage Day celebration

Events

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

Festival of the Future City Bath, 19-21 October 2017

Three days of talks, walks and workshops on urban development in the 21st Century, with a focus on housing, architecture, creative design and the issues of development in World Heritage Cities. Taking place at venues around Bath including The Edge at University of Bath.  Read the Festival press release and for event and booking details visit The Edge website.

Heritage Events, September to December 2017

Download the current Heritage Events leaflet to find out about family events, adult events and community events taking place in Bath and North East Somerset this year.  All forthcoming events and learning opportunities organised by the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum, Victoria Art Gallery and Bath Record Office are also listed on the Heritage Events webpage.

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 to Sunday 29 October.  Full details of events including workshops, screenings, trails, special exhibitions and dates for free entry are posted on the Museums Week website.

For full details of Museums Week 2017 download the 2017 Museums Week brochure (PDF 900KB).

World Heritage Day, Sunday 22 April 2018

Bath World Heritage Day celebrates what makes our city special and the reasons for Bath's World Heritage Site status.  The free, community event has a different theme and venue in the city each year.  Details about the 2018 event will be published soon but do SAVE THE DATE! 

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.

Waters and Wonder at World Heritage Day!
 

Image of World Heritage Day event in Parade GardensBath’s annual celebration of International World Heritage Day took place on Sunday 23 April in the sunshine at a beautifully blooming Parade Gardens.

The ‘Waters of Bath’ was the theme for the day and free activities exploring the history and use of Bath’s hot springs, canal network and River Avon were enjoyed by over 1400 visitors of all ages.

The gardens came alive with the sound of music courtesy of Bath Spa Band and Bath City Jubilee Waits, who also accompanied the Widcombe Mummers in their colourful ‘St George and the Dragon’ play to mark St George’s Day.

 

Special guided walks are an ever popular feature of the annual event.  Various routes and subjects were covered, from the history and features of Parade Gardens to waterside tours.  These were led by the Mayor’s Honorary Guides, Cleveland Pools Trust and the National Trust.

This year, for the first time, World Heritage Day featured a programme of mini talks.  These focused on the history of Bath’s waters as well as updates from projects and initiatives across the World Heritage City including Bath Abbey Footprint, the Bathscape landscape partnership, Bath Medical Museum and the restoration of Cleveland Pools.

A record-breaking number of heritage displays and activity stands were present on the day offering opportunities to find out more about local canals, river safety, Bath’s best green views, Lottery-funded projects and heritage initiatives.  Location knowledge was tested with the ‘Great Spas of Europe’ picture quiz and flags were added to a giant world map to show the far-flung World Heritage Sites people had visited.  Visitors were treated to the Bath Record Office Roadshow and the chance to see real objects associated with the spa from the Roman Baths collection.  They even got to meet Paralympic champion swimmer Stephanie Millward and try on her medals at the Cleveland Pools stall!  It was wonderful to bring together so many (27!) of the City’s key heritage organisations, who enjoyed catching up with each other as well as enthusing visitors.

There were lots of family-friendly activities to keep younger visitors entertained including craft activities, World Heritage dominoes, historic maps, colouring competitions and a bookmark stamp trail.  Special mention must be made of the amazing Pulteney Bridge model-building activities offered by Bath Preservation Trust. Robert Adam, the original Georgian architect, was wandering round the site all day and was most impressed with the efforts of budding designers and engineers.  He also posed for many selfies with his physician in tow in front of his world-famous bridge.

All in all the day was a great way to kick off the 30th anniversary celebrations of Bath becoming a World Heritage Site.  Watch this space for a series of special talks in the Autumn as we continue to celebrate this milestone.

You can download the World Heritage Day 2017 full programme for the day using this link (PDF, 1.2MB)

World Heritage Day takes place at a different venue and with a different theme each year.  In 2016 we celebrated the splendour of Georgian Society at the Assembly Rooms, find out more in the event report.