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, an exhibition of models of some of the world’s most impressive buildings by Bath-based model maker Timothy Richards. (11 February to 4 June at No. 1 Royal Crescent)
Royal Crescent Deconstructed/Constructed 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. (11 February to 4 June at Museum of Bath Architecture)
On 19 May, we celebrate 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 take place at No. 1 Royal Crescent and the Bath Museum of Architecture as part of Party in the City.
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.
You can also keep up to date with Royal Crescent 250 by following us on Twitter, and looking out for #royalcrescent250
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.