The Museum of Bath at Work showcases Bath’s industrial heritage. Its collection includes manufacturing machinery and artefacts that illustrate the various industries that once thrived in Bath.
The museum is housed inside Camden Works, a building that was originally built in 1777 as a real tennis court.
What to see at the Museum of Bath at Work
The museum’s initial collection focused on a mineral water bottling business that operated from 1872 to 1969 and it includes a reconstruction of the business’s workshops and bottling facilities.
In addition to these displays, the Museum of Bath at Work also features exhibits on the commercial development of the city including reconstructions of other businesses including a Bath stone quarry and a cabinet maker’s workshop.
There is also a gallery dedicated to local history and the museum’s artefacts include a 1914 Horstmann car and a Griffin six-stroke gas engine.
Visiting the Museum of Bath at Work
The Museum of Bath at Work is a short distance north of the city centre. Although it is not right in the heart of the city centre, there are a number of attractions within easy walking distance including the Fashion Museum, the Jane Austen Centre, the Museum of East Asian Art and No. 1 Royal Crescent, which are all within a 10-minute walk from the museum.
The museum is open daily from February to November and admission costs £10.
Most visitors spend between one and two hours visiting the museum.