- Building of Bath Museum
name = Building of Bath Museum
established = 1992
location = The Paragon, Bath
website = [http://www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk/index.php?id=4 Building of Bath Museum from the Bath Preservation Trust] The Building of Bath Museum in Bath,
Somerset, Englandprovides exhibits which explain the building of the Georgian eracity during the 18th century.
It is owned and managed by the
Bath Preservation Trust.
The museum includes a series of models, maps, paintings and reconstructions to show how a typical Georgian house was constructed, from the
ashlarstone to the decorative plasterwork. Sections include displays of stone mining, furniture making, painting, wallpaper, soft furnishings and upholstery. A model of Bath on a 1:500 scale gives a bird's-eye viewof the city.
The study gallery specialises in books on architecture including the Bath Buildings Record and Coard Collection. [cite web |url=http://www.buildingconservation.com/directory/mu005.htm |title=The Building of Bath Museum |accessdate=2007-10-02 |format= |work=building conservation.com ]
The collection includes several works whose purchase was supported by the
Art Fund. A panoramic view of Bath from Beechen Cliff, by Charles Joseph Hullmandeland dating from 1824 shows Bath as a still relatively small city, after its Georgian growth, but before the arrival of the railway and Victorian expansion. A slightly later panorama (1833) by Joseph William Allen(1803–1852) is of Bath from Lyncombe Hill, on the present site of 6 Carlton Road, and includes a gabled house in the immediate centre foreground which still stands and is reputed to have been the house in which Alexander Popeonce stayed. [cite web |url=http://www.artfund.org/search/gallery/372/building-of-bath-museum |title=Artworks at Building of Bath Museum |accessdate=2007-10-02 |format= |work=The Art Fund ]
The building which houses the Museum was built in 1765 as the Trinity
PresbyterianChurch. It was also known as the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, as she lived in the attached house from 1707–1791. It has been designated by English Heritageas a grade II listed building. [cite web | title=Trinity Presbyterian Church (Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel) and Chapel House, forecourt wall, gatepiers and gates | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=443914 | accessdate=2007-10-02]
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