This year marks a very special anniversary as Bath celebrates 250 years since the foundation stone for the Royal Crescent, the city’s most iconic architectural landmark, was laid on 19 May, 1767.
Bath Preservation Trust, with funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is marking the anniversary with city-wide celebrations throughout the year. The programme features six exhibitions and over 60 events, including family-friendly events, debates, guided walks and artwork. Royal Crescent 250 is organised by the Trust’s three city-centre museums: No. 1 Royal Crescent, the Museum of Bath Architecture and the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, with activities in partnership with Bath Festivals, RIBA South West and the Natural Theatre Company.
Two of the exhibitions are already running and are available to see with a ticket to the relevant museum.
From Rome to the Royal Crescent, Until 4 June – an exhibition of models of some of the world’s most impressive buildings by Bath-based model maker Timothy Richards, at No. 1 Royal Crescent.
Royal Crescent Deconstructed/Constructed Until 4 June – uses a deconstructed model of No. 1 Royal Crescent and building fragments to reveal the design and craftsmanship that came together to construct the Royal Crescent, at Museum of Bath Architecture.
On 19 May, we celebrated Foundation Stone Day with live music and Words on Stone as poetry, especially commissioned for the anniversary, is projected onto the Royal Crescent. Free music performances took place at No. 1 Royal Crescent and the Bath Museum of Architecture as part of Party in the City.
On 21 May the public were invited to join in the celebrations at the Royal Crescent at a Free Foundation Stone Family Day. They saw the crafts that built the Royal Crescent in action, joined Bath Spa University Students on guided walks exploring the lives of past residents of the building and watched the Natural Theatre Company bring the foundation stone through the city and place it at No. 1 Royal Crescent. For more information click this link to see the event leaflet.
To find out more about some of the exciting events and exhibitions we have coming up please visit the events pages of Bath Preservation Trust’s three museums: No. 1 Royal Crescent, the Museum of Bath Architecture, and Beckford’s Tower or look at a pdf of our latest Events Leaflet
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Saturday 29 July FREE Family Event 11am – 3pm
A Day in the Life of the Royal Crescent – Picnic in the Park
A summer celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Crescent where everyone is invited to bring a picnic to the lower lawn of the Royal Crescent and enjoy the view without any cars. The Natural Theatre Company will be entertaining visitors with performances along the Royal Crescent based on the stories of people who have lived in this world famous building. This Bath Magazine article reveals some famous residents.
The Royal Crescent is one of the most impressive representations of architectural innovation and imagination in Georgian Britain, and was one of the reasons why Bath was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987. No other building better encapsulates the architectural innovation, social identity and creative imagination of Georgian Britain. It stands as a doorway through which the history of the Georgian period can be discovered, providing inspiration for the architecture of the future.