Heritage Open Days to give rare glimpse into some of Bath’s hidden places

August 27, 2021

A rare chance to explore an example of Bath’s industrial heritage – along with its better-known Roman and Georgian history – will come next month when venues around the city take part in this year’s Heritage Open Days.

Saltford Brass Mill, the only remaining example of the 18th and 19th-century brass industry on the River Avon, is among the often hidden places to throw open their doors in the nationwide celebration of history, architecture and culture from September 10-19. 

Others in Bath include a 19th-century Gothic Catholic chapel, the city’s Jewish Burial Ground and the Archaeology Centre.

Heritage Open Days offer a chance to find out more about buildings and places and try out new experiences – all for free. 

Among Bath’s events will be:

  • Guided tours of The Guildhall with staff from Bath Record Office exploring Heritage Open Days 2021’s theme of ‘edible England’, including its Georgian kitchen and grand banqueting room, which a chance to see Georgian recipes and more from the archive. (September 17)
  • A chance to explore archaeological finds from Keynsham and Bath, including Roman and medieval objects, at the Archaeology Centre – Culverhay (September 16)
  • Free admission to Prior Park Landscape Garden with magnificent views across Bath (September 18)
  • A visit to the tranquil Bath Jewish Burial Ground, the resting place of Bath’s Jewish community during the 19th and early 20th centuries (September 12) 
  • The opportunity to see about weird and wonderful objects from the spa collection at the Local History Centre – Lansdown, pictured (September 14)
  • A chance to learn about the history of Sydney Gardens – a former Georgian pleasure gardens that opened in 1795 ­– with special displays and walking trails around the gardens (September 18)
  • Visits to Saltford Brass Mill, (September 11,12, 18 and 19). 

Bath & North East Somerset Council cabinet member for children and young people, communities and culture, Dine Romero, said: “Heritage Open Days are a great opportunity for people to explore the amazing heritage on our doorstep, including some fascinating places that aren’t normally open to the public.

“I hope lots of residents will enjoy the free open days and activities throughout the week.”

Advance booking is essential at some venues. For a full list of places taking part in Heritage Open Days, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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