People have come to the Roman Baths for thousands of years to worship, to relax and to gather with friends.
You can be a part of this ongoing story today. Your support will help care for this beautiful historic monument for everybody to enjoy. You will connect people to Roman life and surprise them about Roman culture. You will help create wonderful activities and events for children, young people and community groups.
The Roman Baths Foundation is a registered charity No. 1163044. Less than 1% of what you give is spent on running the Foundation meaning your donation has a great impact. All donations, of any size, will support the past and protect the future of the Roman Baths.
Please click here if you'd like to make a donation.
You can also donate by cheque. Please make your cheque payable to ‘The Roman Baths Foundation’ and send the cheque with a completed donation form to The Roman Baths Foundation, The Pump Room, Stall Street, Bath, BA1 1LZ.
To discuss your donation options please contact Rebecca Gibson. If you are a UK taxpayer, you can add Gift Aid to your donation.
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What is The Roman Baths Foundation?
When was the 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 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 in the section below. 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.
You can find out more about the Foundation's impact by subscribing to the newsletter.
Bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Roman Baths Foundation. The trustees have overall responsibility for the Roman Baths Foundation. They make sure legal requirements are fulfilled and the Foundation is doing what it was set up to do. Our trustees come from all walks of life, sharing their skills and knowledge in a voluntary capacity. To contact a trustee please email us.
Fiona Pollard (Chair)
Fiona runs her own events company and sits on several boards. After a career in the City working in the derivatives sector with a number of international banks, Fiona ran the Hop Farm Country Park in Kent until 2006. She has close connections with the county, organising the Leeds Castle Classical Concert each summer. She was a founder member of the Kent Tourism Alliance and one of the original trustees behind Turner Contemporary in Margate. Following several years living in Australia, Fiona returned to the UK in 2016 and now lives in Bath. She sits on the VisitEngland Tourism Advisory Board and is a trustee of the Friends of the Victoria Art Gallery.
Anthony is a noted classical iconographer who has written and lectured on Romano-British art and appeared on the programme Time Team. His fascination with the world of Greece and Rome began as a child. He is also a trustee of the Association for Roman Archaeology and former archivist for the Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics. Apart from his academic writing for journals, he has had ten volumes published on the history of Bristol, Brighton and Dorset and his forthcoming volume on ancient Roman Gardens is to be published in 2019. He also developed the Bristol Art Library into one of the finest British public collections of art books.
Peter Davenport started out as an architectural historian and moved into archaeology after working on various projects, He came to work in Bath in 1980 and stayed there for 25 years as Senior Field Archaeologist and then Director of Excavations for Bath Archaeological Trust. During that time he built up an extensive knowledge of the archaeology of the city and the Roman Baths. He is currently a Buildings Archaeologist and advises the Roman Baths on archaeological matters, including the Archway Project. Peter is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
Dr Michael Forsyth
Michael is an architect and directs the postgraduate degree course in the Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath. After being awarded the Rome Scholarship in Architecture and residence in Italy Michael practised in Canada then lectured at the University of Bristol and has practised and lived in Bath since 1987. His books include Buildings for Music: The Architect, the Musician, and the Listener from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day; Bath: Pevsner Architectural Guides and four edited books on themes of Historic Building Conservation. He lives at William Beckford’s Library in Lansdown Crescent.
Robert is the Chief People Officer for the law firm Burges Salmon. He works in Bristol, lives in Bath and hails from Chorley in Lancashire. His interest in all things Roman stems from being involved in digs at the Roman cavalry fort in Ribchester during his youth; once he found his first Roman nail he was hooked!
Siân is a primary school teacher - a family-friendly career choice made after a spell as a teaching assistant. Passionate about inspiring children to read, during her 11-year full-time teaching career she researched the impact of storytelling through theatre, led a department and managed reading initiatives for children. Teaching followed 12 years in government public relations and as a newspaper journalist. She now combines part-time supply teaching with volunteering as a Youth Hostel Association manager, Mayor of Bath Guide and steward at Bath Festival and Iford Arts
Peter worked as a Chartered Engineer. His career spanned 29 years. A former councillor for Abbey Ward in Bath, Peter now focuses on being a business mentor for the Prince’s Trust. He is also volunteers with the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development giving talks and workshops to mainly Catholic Primary schools on climate change, injustice and poverty in the poorest countries in the world. Outside of work, Peter enjoys storytelling, theatre, travel, watching rugby, and politics.
David was born in Bath, and, following a degree and PGCE, taught in various schools around the area for ten years. Seeking a new challenge, he came to the Roman Baths on a six-month contract as a Visitor Experience Host and has been there ever since. He provides tours and helps visitors engage with, and get the best experience of, the site. As a Learning Workshop Leader he delivers teaching sessions to schools, home educators and universities. Recently, he helped establish and delivered a series of Wellbeing talks linked to the Roman Baths for a variety of community groups.
Maeve is a Partner and head of the Dispute Resolution Team at Bath and South West law firm Mogers Drewett, specialising in disputes concerning real estate and commercial property, as well as commercial disputes. Originally from Ireland, Maeve has worked in Bath since 2005 and before that taught Spanish and French in schools in London, Hampshire and Wiltshire.
Sue’s mother was evacuated from London to Bath in WW2 and never left, so she is proud to call this wonderful city her “home town”. Sue started her working life as a Software Engineer and spent her career travelling around the UK working in various IT roles. She left her last contract as a free-lance Software Delivery Manager at the end of 2018 to concentrate on being a ward councillor for Kingsmead ward, which covers all of the city centre including the Roman Baths and many other heritage buildings. Sue sings soprano in Bath Silver Ring Choir and plays cello in Bath All Comers Orchestra. She has one son and they both live in the city centre.
What data does The Roman Baths Foundation collect about you?
The Roman Baths and the Roman Baths Foundation (‘we’) collects and stores personal data about you (our donors and supporters) who have chosen to keep in touch with us. We do this to manage our relationship with you, to keep you up-to-date about how you can support us, to meet your communication needs and to satisfy legislation and regulation. This might include:
- your name
- postal address, email address and phone number
- family and spouse/partner details, relationships to other donors/supporters
- current interests and activities
- event registration and or attendance
- contact preferences
- donation information including gift aid status
- details or copies of correspondence sent to you, or received from you
- donor status and wealth assessment information
- employment information and professional activities
- where relevant, selected media coverage.
We also collect personal data about potential donors and supporters. If this applies, we will inform you about what we have collected within 30 days of carrying out the research and we will also share this statement with you.
How do we use your data?
We use this data to underpin good relationship management with you, and to understand your interests and needs. We use it in the following ways:
- Send you fundraising information by post, telephone or electronic means as per your preferences
- Share information on our fundraising operations, including occasional targeted requests or to ask you to consider supporting us in other ways
- Data screening and cleansing - to check if we have accurate contact details
- Wealth screening and research - to help us understand our donors and potential donors, including gathering information from publicly available resources to give an insight into your philanthropic interests and ability to support our venues
- To send you surveys, and for market research purposes.
We may segment the information we hold about you in our database. This helps us understand our donors and supporters, to ensure we are efficient and that only relevant communications are sent to you. It also ensures that we only approach potential donors and supporters who will have a genuine interest in us.
How do we make sure our data is accurate?
We review our records regularly, to ensure your data is as accurate as possible. We may consult alternative sources in order undertake these checks, such as:
- Royal Mail National Change of Address database (NCOA)
- BT Operator Services Information System (OSIS)
- a wealth intelligence databases
- Reviewing employment information that you have made publicly available via social media
- Newspaper articles, publications and company websites
- Companies House and other company information databases
- Charity Commission and Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) registers
- Any other publicly available sources.
Who holds and accesses my data?
The Roman Baths manages your data on behalf of The Roman Baths Foundation. Both parties are ‘joint data controllers’. We have an agreement in place which sets out each party’s roles and responsibilities. Your data is only used in relation to the Roman Baths Foundation and the projects it is supporting at the Roman Baths. We will not share your data with any third parties, including other Bath and North East Somerset Council services or any other Heritage Services venue.
Occasionally we may need to appoint an external party to undertake work on our behalf. Any such arrangements will be subject to a formal agreement between us and that organisation, to protect the security of your data.
Who do I speak to about my data?
You can discuss your data and opt out of any/ all of our fundraising communications at any point simply by contacting [email protected]
We regularly review this notice, and may make changes. Any changes made will be posted to this page, and will apply from the time we post them. This Privacy Statement was last reviewed on 16 March 2021.