23.11 Architectural walking tour of Bath with Dr Cathryn Spence


The final event of this year’s ARCLIB conference, which had the theme Collaborate, Create and Celebrate, certainly lived up to last of the Cs and was a celebration of the architecture of Bath.

walk2As a first time attendee at ARCLIB and having been to Bath only once previously, I felt it was a lovely way to round off the conference with the new friends made during the previous few days and to be led on the tour by Catheryn and her colleague Tim who were both very knowledgeable and engaging.

Since the Roman development of the hot springs, through to the building of the Abbey in the 7th century, the popularity of the spa during the Georgian period and being targeted as part of the Baedeker Blitz in 1942 Bath has undergone many different architectural influences and it was fascinating to see so many of them as they are visible today.

walk3My only regret was that we weren’t able to make it up to see the Royal Crescent but this gives me the perfect excuse to make sure that I come back to Bath again!

Thanks to David and Lis for hosting and making sure the Conference ran so smoothly, all the ARCLIB committee who drew the programme together, all who contributed to the varied sessions on offer and to the weather which definitely helped make the whole conference such a memorable one!

Review & photographs by Clair Sharpe,
University of Liverpool



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