Mapping Bath

Maps are, perhaps, one of my favourite categories of material in the collection. I enjoy the days when I find time, or excuse, to study them, usually finding out something new and interesting about the map or the city when I do so. My recent research into the maps of Bath has made me realise how lucky we … More Mapping Bath

Life more ordinary

Bath is a photogenic city. Visitors come from round the world to see its crescents, baths and museums – they take their photographs, paint pictures or write long, descriptive letters home about the beauties of the architecture or the city’s long history. But what of life on a daily basis? The Library’s collections contain materials that highlight everyday … More Life more ordinary

It’s a long story

Prologue. It was our birthday on the 28th. I mean the Library’s birthday. Or at least the anniversary of the Lending and Reference Libraries moving in together to the Podium in Northgate Street. It seems like a minor event in the great scheme of things, but it meant a lot to the Avon Library Service … More It’s a long story

Bath the building site

Driving into Bath recently, I was struck by how many sets of roadworks were set up along the street. There were holes for utilities, closures for line painting and restrictions for pavement relaying and widening. It was as frustrating as roadworks usually are, but it did make me wonder about the building of Bath. We … More Bath the building site

The Bath Prophecy

We have a very dedicated volunteer in the Library, Julie, who has spent the last four and a half years combing through our clippings collection. The collection was started by J. Meehan in the early 20th century and bought, along with other parts of his collection, by the Library. We still add to the collection … More The Bath Prophecy