Bath 250

A Virtual Conference to Mark The 250th Anniversary of the New Assembly Rooms at Bath - 29th & 30th September 2021

30 September 2021 marks the 250th anniversary of the opening of Bath’s magnificent Assembly Rooms. As the queen of the eighteenth century spas, Bath’s healing waters attracted far more than the seriously ill and the worried well: the town offered the visiting Company luxury, culture, diversion and pleasure. This two-day virtual conference, which will take place on Zoom, takes, as a starting point, the plans for, and the establishment of, the (new) Assembly Rooms and then expands to explore an exciting array of papers by a group of international scholars. Topics include coffee-houses and chocolate-houses, chairmen and undertakers, famous musicians and celebrity politicians, lodging-house keepers and the visiting beau monde, the religion of Wilberforce and the satire of Austen — and far more.

Download the Bath 250 Programme and Bath 250 Abstracts

Registration: BATH250: A Virtual Conference Tickets, Wed 29 Sep 2021 at 09:00 | Eventbrite 


Evening Public Lecture and Dance Display

For those who are able to travel to Bath, there will be an evening public lecture and dance display to mark the 250th anniversary of the 30 Sept. 1771 opening of the Assembly Rooms.

Evening Schedule:

17.45–18.00     Welcome and Introduction

Public Lecture
18.00–19.00   Dr Jonathan Foyle (Visiting Professor in Conservation at the University of Lincoln; Director, Built Heritage, Ltd)
The Upper Assembly Rooms: Assembling the Influences on John Wood The Younger's Design

19.00–19.15    Hillary Burlock (PGR, QMUL): Ridotto Redux, 1771 in 2021

19.25–20.10    Dance Display, Ball Room: Bath Minuet Company 

20.10–late       Dispersal to a local hostelry for a commemorative tipple!

Registration: £10 (waged); £8 (concession/unwaged/ECR)

Tickets: Bath250 | University of Liverpool

Conference organisers: Hillary Burlock (QMUL), Elaine Chalus (University of Liverpool), Oliver Cox (TORCH, Oxford), Robin Eagles (History of Parliament), Rupert Goulding (National Trust)

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