Work starts to create Roman Baths Learning Centre and World Heritage Centre

26 Sep 2019

The transformation of historic buildings in Swallow Street, Bath into a Clore Learning Centre for the Roman Baths and a World Heritage Centre for the city has begun. The conversion is being carried out by Beard Construction, who are now on site.  
The National Lottery funded project will greatly improve learning and engagement at the Roman Baths. The project team will work with local community groups and schools from across the region on events, activities and sessions for school groups.
Workshop leaders will lead new learning opportunities to investigate the Romans and the science of archaeology, in an exciting Investigation Zone set amongst the Roman remains of the archaeological site. 
The World Heritage Centre will contain imaginative displays that will show people why the city of Bath is a World Heritage Site and inspire them to go out and explore the city. It will be free to visit and welcome everyone.
The project, supported by £3.4m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, will also open up new areas of the Roman Baths to visitors, including a Roman laconicum (similar to a sauna) and a possible Roman exercise yard.
The new facilities are due to open in 2020.
Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We are delighted to see the creation of the Learning Centre and World Heritage Centre beginning. The new spaces will be accompanied by exciting community events, activities and learning opportunities – from wellbeing courses for local community groups, to a digging pit where school children can unearth replica Roman objects. In addition, we hope to attract visitors from around the world to see parts of the Roman Baths that will be revealed to the public for the very first time.”
The work will be undertaken by Beard Construction, who have a long history of carrying out projects involving historic sites, and of protecting heritage buildings throughout the south of England.
Mike Hedges, Beard Bristol director, said: “We are delighted to be back at the Roman Baths again, where we undertook work on the Temple Precinct back in 2013/2014, installing a walkway to enable easier visitor access to this historically important site. This new project will provide visitors with a hands-on learning experience set among Roman remains and help showcase Bath’s rich and fascinating heritage.”
Notes to Editors
The Archway Project is run by Bath & North East Somerset Council, which owns and operates the Roman Baths, with the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Clore Duffield Foundation, The Roman Baths Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation and hundreds of other supporters and donors.

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About Beard
Beard is an award-winning, £150 million turnover construction company which operates across the South of England. With offices in Oxford, Swindon, Bristol and Guildford, the company undertakes design and build, new build, restoration and refurbishment on a range of projects, including complex projects, up to £20 million for public and private sector organisations. Established in 1892, the family-owned company has significant expertise in building for the healthcare, arts and culture, commerce and industry, education, religious buildings, elderly care, sports and leisure and defence sectors.
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