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The Great War - Life in "The Bath"

This project is being developed and managed by the Parish Council in collaboration with the Peak District Mining Museum and the Heritage Lottery funded Matlock Bath Archive. We have now submitted to the Heritage Lottery, a bid in the WW1 section for a grant of £9500 to help fund an initial two year project that we hope through funding and support from other sources will have a further two or so years of legacy and therefore run for the duration of the WW1 Centenary until 2018.

Our aim of ‘Identifying, capturing, recording and sharing the largely forgotten heritage and history of this unique inland resort during the Great War’ will be achieved through the three main project areas. These are:

• Exhibitions during the summer months in the Pump Room - admission will be free.

• Vintage village newsletters – ‘A View from The Bath’ produced with news of the time.

• Information lecterns in the Memorial Gardens with details of the Memorial and those named thereon.

We also plan to produce sections of the exhibition material so that they can be permanently displayed in the Memorial Garden Shelter.

As well as the three key ‘managers’ of the project, we have already have other contributors and supporters.

• Holy Trinity School are undertaking a project this term and work from this project will form part of this summer’s exhibition.

• We have had messages of support from both Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills and The Heights of Abraham

• Derbyshire County Council through the Records Office in Matlock.

• Artefacts and memorabilia loaned or donated for the exhibition / archive

The project will involve residents, businesses and visitors carrying out and sharing anything they have or can research about life in the village leading up to, during the years 1914 – 18 and shortly after. This could be through family ‘archives’ and mementoes, information on property or land, recollections and oral history, transportation into the village, changes in the village during these years …. These are just some ideas but there are no rules, no definitive list, we just want as many as possible to be involved, giving what they can and researching in areas they have an interest.

As well as future exhibitions and newsletters, there is this dedicated section on the website where the material contributed can be accessed and shared. This will be developed and enlarged as the project develops and, as with all our work, would welcome suggestions and improvements.

Because of Matlock Bath’s unique place in social history, we feel that this project has a potential to affect and benefit an extremely wide audience, involve and engage more people in the heritage of Matlock Bath and develop and build an exciting and informative archive for future generations to use and enjoy.

We certainly hope you will visit the exhibition running from August 9th until September 21st in the Pump Room of the Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath and you will enjoy the first edition of ‘A View from the Bath – the Great War Years’(copy attached). To contact us about any aspect of this project, email the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Next Parish Council Meeting

Due to the coronavirus outbreak all face-to-face meetings have been cancelled. The next full Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 7.00 pm. If you would like to join this meeting, please contact the Clerk for the passcode. If you wish to raise any issue, please forward to the Clerk details of the issue prior to the meeting. .

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