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The Archway Project

The Archway Project will transform the Roman Baths’ learning offer and provide a World Heritage Centre for Bath.

Why is a learning centre needed?

The current Roman Baths education facility consists of just one room within the museum. It is too small for up to date learning requirements, lacks the facilities that schools expect to find at a major visitor attraction and is often booked to capacity. The new Learning Centre will provide the full breadth of facilities required for a school to get the most out of their visit, in revived formed Victorian spa buildings.  

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In the new Roman Baths Learning Centre, school groups will be able to take advantage of a range of new interactive learning sessions. Children will dress as Romans, handle original artefacts, investigate Roman building technology and find out about the inscriptions the Romans left behind. They will also have the chance to try archaeology, excavating replica Roman objects in an underground ‘investigation zone’. They will then pass through an underground tunnel through in-situ Roman remains to enter the Roman Baths through a Roman doorway.  

 

The World Heritage Centre will be a place where residents and visitors alike can find out why Bath has been designated as a World Heritage Site. It will be a hub that inspires people to go out and explore the city’s unique heritage and landscape.

The project will breathe new life into the former Victorian spa buildings in Swallow Street and 10 York Street close to the Roman Baths, putting them at the centre of the Roman Baths learning experience. Daytime visitors to the Roman Baths will be able to walk through spaces beneath York Street and see parts of the Roman Baths that have never before been open to regular public access.

The Stage Two Heritage Lottery Fund application was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for approval on 16 June. If successful, we will secure significant funding to enable the project to move forwards.

Image: The tunnel under York Street

Want to join in?

Sign-up here to receive regular updates or if you would like to know more about or become involved in helping to plan the Archway Centre, please contact Jenna Spellane, jenna_spellane@bathnes.gov.uk

If you would like to make a donation to either the World Heritage Centre or the Roman Baths Learning Centre, please download the donation form here.