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The Royal Crescent

Museum of Bath Architecture
The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel
The Paragon
Bath
BA1 5NA
Bath Architecture Museum

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Free with normal admission.

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The Royal Crescent Deconstructed/ Reconstructed.

Through an exciting new installation No. 1 Royal Crescent is broken into pieces. As fragments are linked to objects at the museum the building is then reformed, revealing the design and craftsmanship that came together to construct the Royal Crescent 250 years ago.

We spend so much time thinking about, talking about and glimpsing whole buildings in Bath that we often forget that these designs rely on the individual elements that come together to create them. This spring the exhibition at the Museum of Bath Architecture explores the parts that make up the whole of the Royal Crescent through a new installation. A model of No.1 Royal Crescent that has been in pieces for quite some time was the inspiration for this project. Rather than the parts of the model continuing to live in a box in our store, we tasked Amalgam models in Bristol putting it back together in such a way that it was not quite whole. They produced an acrylic body upon which elements of the model are hung allowing a view through the corners, windows and door to whatever image we decide should be seen through these parts. For now we have used the incredible 1769 view of the Royal Crescent under construction by Thomas Malton thanks to the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. Breaking down the parts of the house into design, doors, windows and other key elements, we have made trails through the Museum to connect these parts to the process behind their construction, so visitors can follow these paths and learn about the parts in order to then be able to ‘reconstruct’ the whole building.

As part of Royal Crescent at 250 celebrations the installation will hopefully inspire people to look more closely at the Royal Crescent and other buildings in Bath, and see the details of not just design but the craftsmanship that went into creating the Georgian city.

 

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Tel: 01225 333895

Opening Times

Opening (11 Feb 2017 - 4 June 2017)

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