Architectural Studies

The Archway Centre for Bath

The Roman Baths in the city of Bath in Somerset, are among the most famous Roman ruins in northern Europe. A major development project is currently underway to create an extensive new interpretation center—called the Archway Centre. (See the publicity video below.) After visiting the Roman Baths, what are your thoughts about the current historical interpretation of the site? What sort of information is provided? What is the layout of the space and how do visitors circulate, and to what extent is this dictated by the surviving architecture? What is your response, in general, to the planned uses for the repurposed, adjacent facility?

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