11AM-3.30PM FREE ADMISSION.
All activities are drop-in, apart from National Trust walks where booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
We have lots of fun activities for all the family where you can find out more about the history of the area. The National Trust are running history and archeology walks, Bonhams are on hand to tell you all about your family silver, The Holburne Museum introduce their silver exhibition, Cleveland Pools bring interactive activities and stories, plus we help you discover some of the the amazing chemical properties of silver.
National Trust walks
Much of the land around the University of Bath is managed by the National Trust, so this is a wonderful opportunity to find out about past lives and history from the local area with National Trust experts. You can book your place in advance, or just take your chances on the day. Either way, we’d love you to join us.
11am ‘Taking the Air’ on Claverton Down
Two hour National Trust walk
Book here or just come along on the day
National Trust volunteer and history enthusiast Robin Dixon takes you on a walk around beautiful Claverton Down. For many eighteenth century visitors to the city, exploring Bath’s surrounding countryside on foot or horseback was as great an attraction as its sumptuous buildings and grand public meeting places. Join this two hour walk and discover the many attractions which Claverton Down once provided for the Georgian tourist – its glorious panoramas, picturesque sham castle, extensive race course and attractive country park. Learn too how, thanks to the work of the National Trust, Claverton Down remains one of Bath’s prime visitor attractions.
2pm “Past Lives” Archaeology Walk
Ninety minute National Trust Walk.
Book here or just come along on the day
National Trust archaeologist Martin Papworth takes you on a journey of discovery to look at the evidence of past lives in the local area, with some surprising finds and stories right on your doorstep.
Both walks start at The Edge Box Office
1pm THE HOLBuRNe MUSEUM
The Holburne Museum join us to tell us all about their newest exhibition, Silver: Light and Shade, sponsored by the University of Bath. Catrin Jones, Curator of Decorative Arts will tell us all about the new and surprising story of silver, the science and precision required in making it, and the astonishing skill of makers. You’ll also have a chance to see some of the precious silver objects from the Holburne Collection up close.
1.30pm The amazing properties of silver
Think silver is just a nice shiny metal for jewellery, ornaments and table ware? Think again. The Department of Chemistry bring you lots of fun activities to discover more, including how silver can stop a wound from getting infected, why silver is good in your socks and exactly why it’s so shiny.
11am – 2pm Bonhams discover your silver
Have a good rummage around in your attic/store cupboards/shelves and bring along any silver or silver-plate object and Bonhams will help you find out more about it, including its use, heritage and value. Learn how to read the hallmarks, find out who made it, where and when. Objects in silver have been made for centuries in all parts of the world, so come and discover more.There’s also a chance to find out about the fakes they’ve uncovered along the way, with objects from their ‘black museum’!
Come along for children’s activities, social history and memorabilia from one of Bath’s best-loved restoration projects. The Cleveland Pools are soon to become one of Britain’s most extraordinary outdoor swimming locations once again. Now over 200 years old, they are the oldest outdoor public swimming pool in the UK, situated alongside the river Avon in Bathwick just a few minutes walking distance from Bath’s city centre.
Make your own badge, themed to what you’ve learnt during the day, from silver to leaves to Georgian swimmers.
THE AMAZING PROPERTIES OF SILVER
Not just a shiny ornament – University of Bath chemical engineers have put together activities to guide you through the chemical properties of silver, what they can do for your socks, how it can help make medicine work better and more.
Don't forget to bring a silver object and Bonhams will help you understand its use, history and value.