Museum of Bath at Work
Somerset BA1 2RH
(also known as Bath Industrial Heritage Museum or Mr Bowler's Business)
This attraction is one where your ‘Open-Top Bus Tour’ ticket can be put to good use. This museum is two steep blocks up from the Bath Assembly Rooms. It is housed in a grade 2 listed building near to The Royal Crescent and other tourist attractions.
This museum details Bath’s industrial heritage. It includes a re-creation of a family engineering business (Mr Bowler’s Business) that was involved in Bath life for nearly 100 years. Walk through the re-created workshops and the aerated water factory with old junk that appears to have been never thrown away. When the business closed in 1969, it still used its original antiquated machinery.
The visitor is taken through the re-created rooms, past the shop counter, through the Dickensian office to the foundry, the machine shop and the carbonating plant. There is also a re-creation of a Bath stone quarry and a local cabinet making workshop.
There is a distinct contrast between this working museum and the elegance and gossip of the Georgian Pump Room. Audio guides are available. If possible, join a live tour to get the most out of your visit.
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+44 (0)1225 318 348
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