Frequently Asked Questions | The Roman Baths

Subject to Government guidance, the Roman Baths will reopen on 17 May 2021.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you cannot see the answer to your question, please email The Roman Baths Foundation.

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?

It was set up in 2015. The first project we have been supporting is the Archway Project, to build a new Clore Learning Centre for the Roman Baths and a World Heritage Centre or for the City.

Why was the Roman Baths Foundation set up?

The Foundation was set up to support education and conservation at the Roman Baths. We focus on projects and activities that add value to the Roman Baths, which go beyond everyday activities. We have 4 ‘objects’ (which you can read in full here). In summary the Foundation helps to:

- Reveal new areas of the Roman Baths
- Share more of the collections
- Create more events, programmes and activities for all to enjoy and learn from.

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 it began, 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 we receive on eligible donations from the UK Government. Income comes from grant applications, major gifts and donations from visitors.