A project to create a new World Heritage Centre and learning centre in Bath has been awarded a slice of the government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Funding.
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Archway Project, delayed due to the Covid pandemic, has received a Capital Kickstart Fund award of £359,600 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The Capital Kickstart Fund helps heritage projects to restart planned work that currently face delays or increased costs.
The Archway Project will convert former Victorian spa buildings close to the Roman Baths into a new World Heritage Centre, acting as a hub where residents and visitors will be able to discover more about the World Heritage Site of Bath. It will become a starting point for visitors to explore the city’s history and heritage before heading into Bath to discover the historical sites.
A new Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre is also part of the project and will create a much-needed space for school groups. Two purpose-built classrooms and a new Investigation Zone will allow children to learn more about the stories and extraordinary archaeology of Roman Baths, while surrounded by inspiring Roman remains.
The project will also open up Roman remains at the Baths which have never been available to the public before.
The Archway Project is now planned to open later in 2021.