Research

Examples of research topics

  • Creation of a street history of Bath

  • Studying aspects of the industrial history of Bath

  • Study of Bath Institutions

  • Study of local areas of Bath such as Larkhall and Twerton

  • Study of Bath society, key individuals and social groups of the past

  • Local archaeological studies

Examples of recent talks

  • Father Richard Barton and Caroline Shaw on 'Our Lady and St Alphege, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s “little gem” of a Church in Bath'
  • Dr Amy Frost on 'The Architecture of John Pinch in Bath'
  • Roger Holley on 'The Larkhall Inn'
  • Dr Roger Rolls on 'Dr William Turner and the Renaissance of Therapeutic Bathing'
  • Dr Michael Rowe on 'Mr Pulteney: The Development of Bridge Street and his bridge' 
  • Dr. John Wroughton, on 'Life and Strife in Bath Abbey 1572-1800'

Examples of recent study visits

  • Visit to Sexey’s Hospital and St Mary’s Church at Bruton, (walk led by John Bishton)

  • Geological walk: The Stones of Bath in the Streetscape (walk led by Elizabeth Devon)

 

Membership research activities

Nigel Pollard

  • Nigel is interested in the Cotterrell's of Bath & Bristol: this early Quaker family that apart from producing the first quality maps of Bath, also produced wallpapers, aerated waters, ran the Bath Stone mines and rose to the Mayoralty of Bath.

  • Nigel is also interested in Leopold Buildings, Hedgemead: The Story of a group of cottages that survived the great landslide of Hedgemead in 1881

Michael Rowe

  • Michael has researched the Pulteney family for many years and wrote four of the entries on the 18th century Pulteneys for the Dictionary of National Biography. He continues to search for portraits and artefacts relating to the early members of the family and is happy to exchange information on these subjects.
  • Michael is also interested in the history of silversmithing in Bath and would welcome pictures of Bath made or retailed pieces and discussion about the craftsmen involved in their creation.