High Life and Low Life in Roman Britain

Roman Baths

The Roman Baths complex, built around a natural hot spring, is a National Monument and one of the UK’s most important ancient sites.

While the fragile site posed challenges for exhibit design in terms of physical, intellectual and sensory access, these were balanced by the site’s interpretive potential.

In Roman times, a visit to the Baths was not just a matter of hygiene, but an occasion of social engagement. Event’s approach is rooted in the stories contained in the site and its artefacts, as well as the insight that bathing places are inherently theatrical.

The Roman Baths were frequented by politicians and businessmen, social climbers and tradesmen, all attended by servants and slaves. Deals were sealed, gossip exchanged, trysts accomplished - as attendants proffered towels, massaged bodies, absorbed information….

Projections on water and on the ancient fabric enable today’s visitors to encounter these people in all their vitality and variety. Star objects stand as witnesses, lost architectural elements are reimagined, layout and building techniques explored, religious observances examined.

The Roman Baths are inhabited once more, enabling visitors to engage with their original functions, users and historic spaces. They offer an exemplar of access for visitors with special needs.

Project type

Museum

Scope of works

  • Interpretative Planning
  • Exhibition Design and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Construction Management

Scale

2,000m2

Location

Bath, UK

Programme

2006 - 2011

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‘We are delighted with the quality of presentation and interpretation that Event has achieved at the Roman Baths and the public response to it has been overwhelmingly positive.

Stephen Bird
Client

Event testimonial - Stephen Bird