Welcome to the History of Bath Research Group

The History of Bath Research Group was founded in 1986 with the objective of bringing together historians who were actively engaged in research in the Bath area. Many of the members have published on different aspects of local history (including studies in the Journal Bath History) and have given papers at meetings or contributed in other ways.

Next Meeting

  • Twerton Gaol: The City of Bath's New Model Prison, 1842 to 1878
  • St Mary's Bathwick Church Hall
  • 13-Jan-2020
  • 07:30 :PM
  • Richard Williams
  • A good deal of research has been carried out on the Gaol in Bathwick which was Bath's city gaol from 1772 to 1842. This talk focuses on its replacement, sometimes known as Twerton Gaol, a prison built on the new principles of gaol design prevalent in the Victorian era.

The principal activities of the group are:

  • To carry out academic research on the history and development of Bath
  • To meet regularly – usually monthly – throughout the year
  • To hear of the work of other members of the Group
  • To invite other researchers to speak on subjects relating to Bath and its locality
  • To organise study visits to localities in or near Bath
  • To support individuals and organisations with an interest in Bath history
  • To help to ensure that Bath archives are maintained and developed for the future