About the Foundation | The Roman Baths

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About the Foundation

Find out more about the Roman Baths Foundation.

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What is the Roman Baths Foundation?

The Roman Baths Foundation (the Foundation) is a registered Charity (Reg No.1163044).  You can access our Charity Commission record here and read our annual accounts.

When was the Roman Baths Foundation set up?

The Foundation was set up in 2015. The first project we supported was a new Clore Learning Centre for the Roman Baths and a World Heritage Centre for the City.

Why was the Roman Baths Foundation set up?

The Foundation supports education, research and conservation programmes at the Roman Baths. We support projects that:

- Care for this beautiful historic monument for everybody to enjoy
- Connect people to Roman life and surprise them about Roman culture
- Create wonderful activities and events for children, young people and community groups.

As the Foundation is a registered charity we can access funding streams that the Roman Baths (as a local authority owned venue) cannot.

Who works/volunteers for the foundation?

Our chair is Fiona Pollard. You can read more about the trustees on the Meet the trustees page. There are up to 11 trustees and two appointed by the Council. The trustees are volunteers who do not receive a salary, but they can claim expenses. Heritage Services staff also work on the Foundation’s behalf. Overall, this means the overhead costs of running the Foundation are very low at less than 1%. This means we can make any donations you make have a greater impact.

How much money does it raise each year?

This depends on the projects we are supporting. Since 2015, this is an average of £119,000 per year. The Foundation is also registered for Gift Aid. This means we can reclaim 25p for every £1 on eligible donations from the UK Government. Income comes from grant applications, major gifts and donations from visitors.