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It’s an early bath for museumgoers

An exhibition, put together by the Bath Place Community Venture, showing early images of Leamington is being shown at Warwickshire Museum.

Histories of Leamington People and Places features the work of a local history group which has brought together volunteers from the local community who have dug into the past of their area.

The history@bathplace community archive began in 2005 when the Bath Place Community Venture received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

A local history group began and met every month and researched local history from around the Bath Place parish, including the founding of the National School in 1859 through to activism in the 1970s and 1980s.

One of the projects to come out of all the work is the exhibition.  This features the history of various people and places including the Congregational Church, the Palais de Danse and the railway station.  A looped slide show of old photographs is also shown.

Emma House of Warwickshire Museums said:  “We are delighted to host an exhibition which means so much to local people and to enable their work to be shared by other local people. 

"Their passion for the project and local knowledge gives a rich flavour of the history of the area.”

Community archive co-ordinator Fiona Henderson, said:  “The exhibition has been created by Leamington people and it records their own history. 

"Few would consider themselves historians but I think they’ve done a pretty good job.”

To find out more about the project, follow the link below. The free exhibition runs at Warwickshire Museum, Market Place, Warwick until 10 June.