Building of Bath Collection
...follow the transformation of a provincial town into the world famous Georgian Spa city.
A unique collection interpreting the building of the world famous city from a small local town into the magnificent and architecturally stunning city it is today. See what influences there were on the design and construction of the buildings and view the layout of the whole city.
Set in the elegant 1765 Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, a grade II listed building, the Building of Bath Collection follows the rise of the magnificent city from its roots by use of models, maps, paintings and reconstructions. It shows the building of these truly astonishing buildings from the cellar to the rafters and also has a scale model of the whole city centre so that the visitor can get some perspective of the immense task that has evolved over the years and the final achievement.
The chapel itself is an interesting building to view being the only post-medieval gothic building in Bath when it was finished. It is run by the Bath Preservation Trust which was set up in 1934 to preserve the historic city of Bath and to encourage and support conservation and provide educational facilities and resources focussed on the architecture and historic significance of the city.
The Trust hold regular events at the Collection to further education in this area which include study days and family events from February to November.
The Collection also houses the Bath Building Records which undertook to record, survey and rescue documents relating to the buildings that had been listed for clearance during the Bath modernisation period in the 1960’s and 70’s. These can be viewed by appointment however some are available online at the Bathintime website.
A fascinating way to fully understand the history and layout of the city and of all the attractions you may have visited or plan to visit during your stay.
Other attractions in the area:
Museum of East Asian Art
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015