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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.

The project will breathe new life into the former Victorian spa buildings in Swallow Street and 10 York Street close to the Roman Baths. The new Clore Learning Centre will provide a hands-on and accessible learning experience to young people and local residents. This includes a cutting edge Investigation Zone set among in-situ Roman remains. 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 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.

In October 2016, the Archway Project received a £3.4m National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. In March 2017 we reached a fundraising milestone. We now have enough funds to start the project but fundraising continues. Building work is set to start in early 2018, and the Clore Learning Centre and World Heritage Centre are due to open in 2019. If you would like further information about the project, please download our Archway Project FAQs

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To support the Archway Project you can:

If you would like to discuss donation options please contact Rebecca Gibson, Development Manager

At last. We’ll all be able to learn more about Bath and its world heritage context plus children will have a chance to study it in more depth on location.” Richard Hall, Zenith Global

We wish to thank all our supporters so far including:

  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Clore Duffield Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • World Heritage Site Enhancement Fund
  • Association for Roman Archaeology
  • Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
  • The Roman Society
  • Henry C Hoare Charitable Trust
  • Stephen Clark Charitable Trust
  • Stone King Foundation
  • Brent Pollard, Hawker Joinery
  • Cross Manufacturing
  • Dr Richard Hall, Zenith Global
  • Leonard Pearcey and Peter Child
  • Josephine Petherick
  • Elizabeth Cartwright Hignett
  • June Price
  • David and Karin Embleton
  • David Beeton
  • Wessex Water
  • Bath Stone Group
  • Searcys
  • Ian Tarr

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