Building of Bath Collection

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Coordinates: 51°23′13″N 2°21′37″W / 51.386807°N 2.360293°W / 51.386807; -2.360293

Building of Bath Collection
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Building of Bath Collection is located in Somerset
Building of Bath Collection
Location within Somerset and the United Kingdom
Established 1984
Location The Paragon, Bath
Coordinates 51°23′13″N 2°21′37″W / 51.386807°N 2.360293°W / 51.386807; -2.360293
Website Building of Bath Collection from the Bath Preservation Trust

The Building of Bath Collection (formerly known as the Building of Bath Museum) in Bath, Somerset, England occupies the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel where it provides exhibits which explain the building of the Georgian era city during the 18th century.

It is owned and managed by the Bath Preservation Trust. The Trust has moved its own offices from Number One Royal Crescent to occupy part of the Chapel while the Whole Story Project is undertaken to reunite Number One with its original domestic offices.

The museum includes a series of models, maps, paintings and reconstructions to show how a typical Georgian house was constructed, from the ashlar stone to the decorative plasterwork. Sections include displays of stone mining, furniture making, painting, wallpaper, soft furnishings and upholstery. A model of Bath on a 1:500 scale gives a bird's-eye view of the city.

The study gallery specialises in books on architecture including the Bath Buildings Record and Coard Collection.[1]

The collection includes several works whose purchase was supported by the Art Fund. A panoramic view of Bath from Beechen Cliff, by Charles Joseph Hullmandel and dating from 1824 shows Bath as a still relatively small city, after its Georgian growth, but before the arrival of the railway and Victorian expansion. A slightly later panorama (1833) by Joseph William Allen (1803–1852) is of Bath from Lyncombe Hill, on the present site of 6 Carlton Road, and includes a gabled house in the immediate centre foreground which still stands and is reputed to have been the house in which Alexander Pope once stayed.[2]

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The building which houses the Collection was built in 1765 as the Trinity Presbyterian Church. It is also known as the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building.[3]

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