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.

Heritage Open Days will take place Thursday 6- Sunday 16 September, for full details please download the leaflet on the right. Details of the event at Bath Elim Church, which is not listed in the leaflet can be found below.


Bath Elim Church with charity abseil
Charlotte Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2ND

Step through the door of this extraordinary decagon sided church, designed by H.E. & A.S. Goodridge in 1854. Join in the family fun including 'Abseil Elim', a bouncy castle, crafts, BBQ, refreshments and much more.

Bath Elim Church forms part of an important group of listed buildings in the historic city of Bath. Located in Charlotte Street, you may have passed our building many times and wondered what was behind the door! This is a rare opportunity to see all 3 floors, including the recently restored 40 stained glass windows, which have remained hidden by a false ceiling for over 30 years. It's an unmissable opportunity for residents and visitors to get a glimpse of this unique 10 sided church, and its rich cultural heritage. Take part in 'Abseil Elim!', our joint venture with the Genesis Trust, and climb up the bell tower ladders to the heritage rooftop heights, to raise funds to support others facing their own life challenges. Come along and enjoy the fun with lots of family activities including a bouncy castle, crafts, BBQ and refreshments.

Any funds raised will make a real difference to the people we help through the ten Genesis Trust projects, whilst also supporting the work of Bath Elim Church to transform lives. Please click on the 'trybooking' link under additional information to book your slot.

Opening Times
Saturday 15 September: 10am - 5pm

Just off of Queens Square, opposite Charlotte street car park


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 26 September
Wednesday 10 October
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 17 September - Making Art Matter
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 3 October
Wednesday 7 November
Wednesday 5 December

Free Lunchtime Talks at the Guildhall

A series of free talks to complement our exhibition Clifford and Rosemary Ellis: Making Art Matter, Wednesdays, 1.10-1.45pm.

26 September
Shell Heritage Art Collection team at Beaulieu Motor Museum: Nicky Balfour Penny, Shell Heritage Art Collection Manager

3 October
Redicovering the Heritage of Bath School of Art and Design: Laura Brown, Bath Spa University, Art and Design Collection

10 October
Clifford and Rosemary Ellis, Artists and Educators: Jon Benington, Victoria Art Gallery Manager

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 6 October
Saturday 3 November
Saturday 1 December

Twilight Talks

Vivien Leigh: 3D 
Keith Lodwick, Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, will share a treasure trove of 3D stereoscopic slides from the Vivien Leigh archive.
Thursday 13 September

Charlotte, the Blue Stocking Queen 
Hear Polly Putnam, Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, discuss Queen Charlotte (1744-1818), her life and her dress.
Thursday 20 September

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)

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.

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

History at Your Feet - A Tour of Bath Record Office 
Explore 900 years of historic archives in the Record Office strong rooms, including strongroom 12, once Bath's nuclear war headquarters, located in the Guildhall Basement. Tours last 45 minutes. Booking essential. Phone 01225 477421 or email archives@bathnes.gov.uk to book.
Your tour will involve negotiating uneven floors, steps and low headroom.
Wednesday 10 October, 10.30am and 11.30am

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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