Reliving the Roman legacy in Bath
As part of the 'Best of British’ series, Chevening Scholars explored one of the UK’s most historic sites—The Roman Baths.
The day began with a personal guided tour of the Roman Baths, including the Terrace, the Great Bath, the East and West Baths, and the Temple Courtyard. As scholars walked through the ruins of Aquae Sulis (the Roman name for Bath) they learned about its people, including how they lived, worked, and worshipped. Toward the end of the tour, scholars gazed upon the gilt bronze head of the goddess Sulis Minerva, one of the best known objects from Roman Britain.
Afterward, scholars made their way to the Fashion Museum, located in the National Trust’s Assembly Rooms building. On display were exhibitions titled ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects’ and ‘Lace in Fashion’. Scholars also had the opportunity to dress up in traditional Georgian and Victorian fashions, including coats, hats, dresses, and bonnets.
The day ended with a talk on the legacy of Rome in the UK, by Roman Baths and Pump Room Manager, Steven Clews. Steven discussed how the Baths had been discovered, as well as how the city has changed over the centuries, through the Georgian and Victorian periods.
Wai Siong See Tho, a Chevening Scholar from Malaysia, said it was interesting to hear about how The Roman Baths were discovered and the legacy left by the Romans. Hear what else she had to say about the day: