This was a highlight of my trip to Bath. Clearly, the prior reviews were written by people who didn't enjoy it as much as I did, but I found it a fascinating exhibition of social history. Comprising the story of an individual machining and bottling business active over a hundred years in Bath, it tells the story of one family, but it illustrates a small manufacturing concern by use of its own machinery, much of it developed by the founder to further his purposes. There are also sidebars from other concerns native to Bath. Even the building, a "real tennis" court, was interesting. "Real tennis" derives from the term "royal tennis" and is played on a much larger court than today's game, with the balls caroming off the walls as they do in squash and racketball. The museum has only one paid staffer, and is staffed primarily by volunteers, which never falls to warm my heart. These folks give their time for the love of sharing the history of their city with all of us, and do it well.
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