Walk Through History Trail

Sharing Heritage: Bath City Farm celebrates £8,400 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to create a “Walk Through History” trail.

Bath City Farm has received a Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage grant.  This exciting new project celebrating local heritage, will create a “Walk through History” trail around our site for use by visitors, volunteers and schools.

We’re thrilled to have been awarded £8,400 to tell the story of the farm and it’s surrounding area through time. The trail will have 10 different points that will take you from the Jurassic Period right through to the Modern industrial Era.  At each point of the trail there will be an interactive installment and information boards to engage visitors and help them imagine what Bath City Farm and its surroundings would have been like during that period of history. Also included in the project is a series of 10 family friendly workshops which will take place over the next year, where visitors can get really hands-on, handling artefacts found locally during each historical period and experiencing what life would have been like in Twerton and Whiteway in the past.

Groups at the farm have been working hard to create the trail and you can now find a large dinosaur turf sculpture decorated with locally found fossils for the Jurassic point on the trail and a replica of a WW2 Air raid shelter, next to the remains of a WW2 Observation post
The first workshop event will be a World War Two workshop on Saturday the 5th of September. This event will include war time food, a visit from the home guard and a chance to handle gas masks and other objects from wartime. There will also be lots of information about the Bath Blitz on display.
The Museum at Work and the Roman Baths will be helping with the project by providing historical information for the interpretation boards and assisting with some of the related workshops.

Curo Housing Association and local company Rotork have also contributed funding towards the project.

Commenting on the award Helen Fisher, Manager at Bath City Farm said, “It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started. We love Twerton and Whiteway and know there’s so much heritage to be proud of in this area. From the discovery of a Woolley Mammoth and Roman remains in Twerton and Whiteway, to the suffering felt by Twerton during the bombing of Bath in the Second World War, the history of Twerton is substantial and significant and Bath City Farm is right in the middle of it. We are all really excited about creating the trail and sharing the heritage and history with people.”

Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the South West said, “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Bath City Farm can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”