Heritage Open Day


A wide range of events and activities take place in the museums and galleries of Bath & North East Somerset.
You can download the Heritage Events leaflet on the right.

Events for Children

Roman Baths

Family drop-in activities - free to Discovery Card holders.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Museums Week 

Saturday 27 October - 4 November
Groovy Gorgons
Who or what was the Gorgon? Make a monstrous Gorgon's head badge.
10-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm

Friday 2 November
Conservation in Action 
Discover how we look after our incredible Roman site. Our collections team will be cleaning the Temple courtyard and explaining the process.

 Activities at the Victoria Art Gallery

Victoria Art Gallery

Family drop-in activities - free to Discovery Card holders. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Museums Week

Saturday 27 October
Big Draw - It's a Cover Up
Create book covers using pencil and oil pastel with ideas from our special exhibition: Clifford and Rosemary Ellis.

Monday 29 October
Gallery Trail: Special Shapes and Silhouettes
Follow our trail and seek out special silhouettes around the Gallery.

Monday 29 October
Tuesday 30 October
Thursday 1 November
Picturesque Pots 
Draw a picture perfect pot using a wax resit technique with crayons and watercolours.

Friday 2 November
Marvellous Masks 
Make marvellous character masks from our special exhibition: Clifford and Rosemary Ellis.

Fashion Museum

Family drop-in activities - free to Discovery Card holders.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Museums Week 

Monday 29 October
Tuesday 30 October
Wednesday 31 October
Friday 2 November
Tartan Treat
Have you seen Queen Alexandra's tartan dress in our Royal Wowmen exhibition? Have a go a weaving tartan patterns using paper, elastic and fabric strips.
10.30-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm

 Activities at the Fashion Museum

Guided Tours

Roman Baths 

Above and Below Tour
Explore the hidden Roman, Georgian and Victorian history of the site. Tours are at 11.00am. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, the tour will involve a number of steps and uneven walkways. Book in advance on 01225 477773.
Wednesday 24 October
Wednesday 14 November
Wednesday 28 November
Wednesday 5 December
Wednesday 12 December

Victoria Art Gallery

Art Store Tour
Explore the parts of the Gallery other people don't reach by enrolling for a conducted tour of the vaults at 12.00-12.45pm.  Free but book in advance on 01225 477232.
Tuesday 16 October
Thursday 15 November

Art on Mondays
Free talks for blind and visually impaired visitors,10.00-11.30am.
Monday 19 November - 19th Century Paintings
Monday 10 December - Bath Night Paintings

Collection Highlight Tours
Discover the stories behind our principal treasures with Dr Chris Davies. 1.00-1.45pm. Free, no booking required.
Wednesday 7 November
Wednesday 5 December

Special Events

Roman Baths

T'ai Chi on the Terrace - Roman Baths
Weekly sessions led by qualified private instructor Paddy Nisbett. Sessions at 8.00am. £4 per session, call 01225 477773 to book.
Tuesday 2 October - 4 December

Fashion Museum

Bath Knitting and Crochet Guild - Fashion Museum
2nd Saturday of each month, 10-12noon.
Free to attend for most sessions, please check the website for details. All skill levels.

Saturday Sketching
Sketch the beautiful objects on display on display with suggestions of key spots of interest from the Fashion Museum curators. Sketching materials are provided. Ask at the ticket desk. Free entry with Museum entry. 10.30am-12.30pm.
Saturday 3 November
Saturday 1 December

Twilight Talks

The Golden Thread 

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History,  by Kassia St Clair, explores how fabrics, manmade and natural, have changed and shaped the workd we live in. A book signing will accompany this talk.
Thursday 8 November

Royal Women: Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret 
Join Beatrice Behlan, Curator a the Museum of London, as she discusses the glamorous style of Princess Margaret (1930-2002)
Thrusday 22 November

Tickets £10/£8 students, includes glass of wine. Book at www.bathboxoffice.org.uk 

In Conversation

In Conversation with Jon Moore, British Couturier 
Join Rosemary Harden, Fashion Museum Curator, in conversation with Jon Moore, a British Couturier. Discover Jon's rise to Royal Couturier at Hardy Amies and designer for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Friday 26 October

Tickets £15 adult/£12.50 students, includes a glass of wine. Book at www.bathboxoffice.org.uk 

Classes and Workshop for Adults

Bespoke Embroidery: Inspired by Jane Austen Handkerchief
Create a handkerchief embroidered in the corner with a motif appropriate to the time of Jane Austen.
Saturday 15 September, 10-4pm

All workshop tickets £80, plus £30 for materials payable in cash on the day. Book at www.royal-needlework.org.uk/courses
Classes and workshops are held in the Study Facilities. All attendees need to be comfortable climbing two flights of stairs.

Bath Record Office: Archives and Local Studies

Map Hunting

Find out more about the history of maps in Somerset and Bath at this free illustrated talk.
Monday 29 October, 2.30pm 
The Brunswick Room, Guildhall






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