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Museum of Bath at Work
Ranked #34 of 159 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

A lovely way to spend a few hours in Bath and at £5 (£4 concession) good value too. Not as big as most museums but a surprising amount in a small place. Not being from the area, we had not heard of the Bowler family or business but found their story fascinating.

Visited June 2014
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Calne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“Good Museum For Young & Old”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Took my 2 parents in their 80's and my 2 children under 11 to this museum recently. Something there for everyone.The older generation enjoyed the history of Bath, and the children enjoyed the dressing up costumes and the art and craft drawing area. Even more relevant if you are actually from Bath and surrounding area. Working machinery area was also of interest.

Visited May 2014
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Nice Visit”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We were struggling to find a decent parking space in Bath on a Sunday then came across this place after we parked on River Street (Free on Sundays) As previous people have described, this really is a time capsule which captured the working of a small engineering company and fizzy drinks maker J B Bower in mid 1800. There are lots of fascinating things to see and on the upper floor describes the many changes of social housing for that period. Really well worth seeing and highly recommended.

Visited May 2014
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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“A Time Capsule”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

The museum is well worth the steep walk from the centre of Bath. The main display is a 'time capsule' of a business that used to exist in Bath and was complimented by the free audio tour guide. As you leave there is another surprising display on the ground floor.
Although refreshments are advertised this just consists of a small self service hot drinks machine and a very limited range of cold drinks in a fridge. You serve yourself and put money in a honesty box, could be difficult if you don't have correct change.
Car parking is a 'no', there is metered nearby onstreet parking but spaces not easy to find.
We found we needed at least 2 hours, if you want to view everything properly.

Visited April 2014
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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
651 reviews
306 attraction reviews
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“compulsive hoarding has its benefits”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

This museum is composed of a shop and works moved from corn Street, right by the river and very prone to flooding. We were entertained by the very enthusiastic lady at the entrance who asked us if we knew that plasticine, a famous plaything in the middle of the 20th century was manufactured in a factory near here. Younger people will remember Play-Doh with the same affection.

These are engineering workshops and a fizzy pop factory of Victorian businessman J B Bowler. They made machine tools out of brass and then out of steel and later on they manufactured carbonated drinks. This is very early technology are quite fascinating. The founders of the museum were most meticulous about restoring the rather ramshackle factory floor in its original condition to a new site.

I have included some images of the colourants used in the carbonated drinks. it is largely self-explanatory but quite delightful to read that nothing was ever thrown away which might have the slightest value.

Upstairs there is an interesting account of the change in housing styles as a result of local government policies and government policies from about the 1930s onwards. It is as coherent and as comprehensive a statement as I have ever seen in a small area. There is a do it yourself coffee and soft drinks area.

By the way there is a very useful audio commentary which you get given and is most interesting and well put together and it is free with the entrance fee of five pounds or four pounds for seniors. I spent are fascinated if not nostalgic hour or so here.

PS I have listed the website but it is an apology of site and gives practically no details. Twitter hash tag which they seem to prefer using is #bathatwork I notice the phone number is not listed in TA so it is 01225 318348

Visited April 2014
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