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7. The Building of Bath Collection

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The Building of Bath Collection

If you love Bath and its architecture, The Building of Bath Collection explains how and why this magnificent city was built, decorated and lived in.
 
In a period of 70 years Bath developed from a small provincial spa to being the most fashionable place, outside of London. Using a series of models, maps, paintings and reconstructions the museum looks in detail at the various crafts and personalities that built this wonderful city. There is an unrivalled collection of authentic and specialist tools, fixtures and fittings from the Georgian period.
 
The exhibition leads you through how a Georgian house was constructed from the ashlar stone to the decorative plasterwork. You can see how a Georgian sash window was made or try on a pannier, a wicker backpack used by boys to carry stone to where it was needed on the building site.

Georgian taste and etiquette required that the interior design of your home should conform to your social standing. It would have been deemed utterly inappropriate to decorate in a fashion associated with a higher class than your own – even if you could afford to!

The Museum is housed in one of Selina, Countess of Huntingdon’s Methodist Chapels. Commissioned in 1765 it is one of over 100 chapels she had within her Connexion by her death in 1791. A remarkable woman, she ‘dedicated her life to God’ after her religious conversion around 1739. 
 
Study Facilities
In addition to the exhibits, the Museum has an unrivalled study and reference library specialising in Bath, architecture, interior design and construction. It also holds the Bath Buildings Record, Green-Armitage Slide Collection and Coard Collection. Access to these study facilities is free of charge, but by appointment only, please telephone +44 (0)1225 333895.

The Building of Bath Collection Address:
The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel
The Vineyards
The Paragon
Bath
BA1 5NA
England, UK

The Building of Bath Collection Opening Times:
13th February to 29th November, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 10.30 am to 5.00 pm. The Collection is also closed on certain dates - please see the Building of Bath Collection visitor information page for full details. 

The Building of Bath Collection Admission:
Adults £4.00
Concessions, Senior Citizens, Students £3.50
Children (5-16 years) £2.00
Children (0-5 years) Free
Family £10.00

Groups of 10 or more £3.00 p.p.

T  +44 (0)1225 333 895

F  +44 (0)1225 445 473

W  The Building of Bath Collection

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