The City of Bath came alive with echoes from its Georgian past this World Heritage Day.
Over 650 visitors participated in a series of events that were themed around the city’s Georgian social legacy; part of Bath’s Outstanding Universal Value that underpins its UNESCO World Heritage Status. This annual free festival, which celebrates and promotes the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status, is now in its eight year.
The festival featured highlights such as the Fashion Museum’s brand new ‘History of Fashion in 100 Objects’ display, an 18th-century style harpsichord and flute performance, performances from Bath Spa Choral Society and walking tours to explore the architecture, hear the stories and walk through the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tony Crouch, City of Bath World Heritage Manager, said:
“We have celebrated World Heritage Day annually since 2009 and it remains ever-popular. There is always more to learn about the values which put this city on the global map and no shortage of stories to inspire people”.
English society changed radically in the eighteenth century and Bath was at the forefront of shaping this change. Royalty and the emerging middle classes mixed freely at Bath and the leading figures in arts and sciences met and shared ideas around new scientific theories and medical practices that fuelled the English Enlightenment.
This rich mix of society took place under the ‘Rules of Bath’, which promoted the polite society made famous in the works of Jane Austen.
This social history was at the heart of this year’s World Heritage Day celebrations.