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Aug 24, 2021Sep 5, 2021FREE


Making a Splash! 200 years of the Cleveland Pools, Swimming History and Costume Design

Head to the Holburne Museum in August to see a brand new exhibition by the Cleveland Pools Trust, who are busy restoring Bath’s historic lido ahead of its grand re-opening next year.

A display in the Museum Garden Cafe window gallery, conveying the story of the Cleveland Pools and how it links to the social history of swimming. A display of swimming costumes to illustrate changes in costume design and textile technology, from the itchy knitted one-pieces of yesteryear to the latest in Olympic swim technology. Exploring themes of health, fashion, and gender it will provide a visual account of the history of swimming – and the ever-changing attitudes towards it – within the wider context of Bath’s rich social history. The timing of the exhibition will coincide with the 2021 Paralympics and showcase how, since the Pools were first built, residents of Bath have enjoyed swimming. The exhibition will be of interest to visitors of all ages.

There will be children’s competitions with a prize provided by John Moore Sports, plus exciting surprises to celebrate its unveiling. Look out for Almost Synchro, an on-land synchronised swimming team who will be doing a short display outside the museum at 11am on the opening day!


The Holburne Museum
Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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