Filmed by Fabian Martin and Michael Sides
Edited by Bronwyn Harvey
Photography by Max McClure
Situated in the old Camden Works on Julian Road, a world away from the bustle of Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths, the Museum of Bath at Work presents a history of industry and making in and around the city of Bath.
The museum’s collections are diverse and extensive, encompassing the fields of architecture, engineering, manufacturing, printing, packaging and fashion.
This past September, Bath Spa University and Bristol and Bath by Design held a collaborative symposium on the history and heritage of design at the Holburne Museum in Bath. As the project’s historian, I wanted to show that the historical and contemporary design reputations of the Bristol and Bath region are a combination of a perceived and an actual identity, of a façade and the facts behind it. Bristol and Bath have historically developed in all directions in terms of what has been designed and made here and alongside that development is a seemingly unending series of perceptions, reputations, attitudes and assumptions.
Last week, we sat down with Mike White from Boneshaker, a beautiful and socially conscious cycling magazine produced in Bristol and read worldwide.
Bristol & Bath by Design: Tell us about Boneshaker. Cycling and Bristol are established bedfellows but we’d really like to talk about some of the reasons Boneshaker started here.
If I had to show a foreigner one English city and one only, to give him a balanced idea of English architecture, I should taken him… to Bristol, which has developed in all directions, and where nearly everything has happened. – Sir John Summerson
Diversity in design. A miscellany of making. Facts behind a façade. Bristol and Bath have historically ‘developed in all directions’ in terms of what has been designed and made here. Heavy engineering and industrial design have happened in Bath. Fashion and textile design have happened in Bristol.
This week we popped along to The Guild Hub in Bath to find out how the city has influenced one of it’s most vibrant coworking spaces.
Bristol & Bath by Design: Why are you in Bath? What brought you to Bath?
Tatjana: I love being based in Bath as there is so much happening here, but a lot of it still takes place under the radar – it’s not all Austen and bonnets!
Last week we met up with Rob and Yasmin of Wriggle to find out why they chose Bristol as the city to launch their app, Wriggle.
If you’ve not yet heard of it, Wriggle connects hungry foodies with the best in independent food and drink to bristol restaurants, promoting everything from single origin coffee to sushi. The team joined us for coffee at the suitably independent, Harts Bakery.
Managing a freelance career can feel like a daunting prospect at the beginning. Luckily Paper Labs are teaming up with Creative Skills Hub to deliver a series of short evening sessions to help get your creative career off the ground. There will be a range of different workshops over the next 6 months.
From starting your freelance career, how to fund projects, how to build your online brand and networking skills – these short sessions will give your some practical advice and tools to move your career forward.
Façade and Fact: Design Cultures of Bath & Bristol, 1700 to the Present
11 September 2015, The Holburne Museum, Bath
Over the past few months, Bristol & Bath by Design has asked people why they design here. Our goal has been to understand the pull that this region has for design and design-led industry, as well as to get at the heart of this place and what it really means to be here today.
On July 8th, Bristol and Bath by Design and the West of England Design Forum joined forces to present #IDesignHere – an evening of talks, Pimms and live-illustration at OpenSpace. We invited speakers from a range of different industries to respond to the #IDesignHere brief either by sharing their workspaces or what keeps them designing in the region.
Building on the momentum of the #IDesignHere social media campaign, our two organisations have decided to join forces and share some of the brilliant stories behind #IDesignHere.
We’ve asked people working in design across Bristol and Bath to give us sneak peaks into their design studios and it’s been inspiring!
Bristol & Bath by Design is a comprehensive 18-month project mapping and measuring the value and impact of design in the city region.
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