School children, local communities and visitors in Bath will benefit from a new Roman Baths Learning Centre and World Heritage Centre thanks to a grant of £3.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The state-of-the-art Roman Baths Learning Centre will be fully accessible to the public and will run projects and activities for members of the local community. The centre will be a place where school children can participate in exciting hands-on sessions with Roman artefacts and will include an Investigation Zone set among Roman remains. Here children will be able to explore and record archaeological materials, and in an excavation area they can unearth replica Roman objects. The centre will be linked to the Roman Baths via an underground tunnel.
The project will also reveal areas of the Roman bath house that have never before been open for regular public access, including a rare laconicum (similar to a sauna) and an exercise courtyard.
The World Heritage Centre will contain imaginative displays that explain why the World Heritage site of Bath is so special.
The project is due to start on site in Autumn 2017.