The Roman Baths in Bath is to refurbish its East Baths area with new interactive displays designed to immerse students in the sights and sounds of the Roman Bath House.

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Students will be able to watch, listen and step into the Roman Baths and experience what they would have looked like in the first to fourth centuries.

Projections, soundscapes and computer-generated imagery (CGI) reconstructions will be included to help highlight how the Roman Baths – at the height of their popularity – were as a working, living and leisure space.

The East Baths were considered by many to be the women’s quarters of the Roman Baths. They contained a large tepid bath fed by water that flowed through a pipe from the Great Bath, a plunge pool (balneum), hot room (caldarium), warm room (tepidarium) and a changing room (apodyterium).

Patrick Anketell-Jones, cabinet member for economic development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “These imaginative new displays will transform the East Baths, bringing them to life for visitors of all ages. This is part of an ongoing programme of development designed to enhance the award-winning visitor experience at the Roman Baths.”

The refurbishment of the East Baths area is set to commence this autumn, with the opening of the new displays planned for March 2017.

Education at the Roman Baths

The Roman Baths in Bath offers a selection of sessions designed to support the National Curriculum and studies on the Romans for Key Stages 1 to 5. 

The preserved Roman site for public bathing has a dedicated education room where interactive sessions, such as the Key Stage 3 and 4 session Science at the Roman Baths and the Key Stage 2 session Roman Life, take place.

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Photo credit: Bath & North East Somerset Council.