As part of 'Creating Voices', the Abbey hosted two Activity Days covering topics such as stonework, light and sound with demonstrations from sculptors, stonemasons and bell ringers.
Thank you to everyone who came and also to the Bath Spa University Heritage students and Abbey volunteers who helped make both Activity Days.
Many of the comments from visitors spoke of the warm and friendly welcome given and how much they’d learnt and enjoyed.
Stonework and Sculpture Activity Day
Wednesday 30 October 2013
October Half Term 2013 saw the Abbey open its doors to local families and visitors for a Stonework and Sculpture Activity Day as part of the city’s Heritage Open Week. Over 550 people visited for the day and took part in a range of activities from drawing stonework and laying out stone arches, clay modelling, stone carving, to seeing a display of masonry tools from the 1950s and short films recorded with craftspeople. Over 30 volunteers contributed over 400 hours of time to make the event possible. Here you can see pictures of the day and listen to people's thoughts about the day recorded with the Abbey's oral history team (and by some budding young interviewers of the future too!).
Light and Sound Activity Day
Wednesday 19 February 2014
Over 300 people attended Bath Abbey’s ‘Light & Sound’ activity day at half-term. Visitors of all ages enjoyed a range of activities from a behind-the-scenes tour of the Abbey’s bells, clock and carillon to having a go at ringing the Ellacombe Chimes. Children’s activities included hand bell ringing with colourful hats and creating their own mini-stained glass windows on jam jars! This proved extremely popular as children got stuck into decorating their jam jars surrounded by the Abbey’s own stained glass windows as inspiration. Considering the Abbey has over 50 windows, occupying about 80 percent of the wall space, there were plenty for them to choose from. There were also a number of ‘listening stations’ dotted around the Abbey where people could listen to craftspeople's memories and to record their own memories, with assistance from one of the Creating Voices oral history team. Fragments of stained glass from the original 15th century East Window which was broken in 1942 along with the tools used by the glaziers who restored it were on display.
One of the most popular activities was making mini-stained glass windows!
A happy child showing off her painted jam jar (otherwise know as a mini stained glass window!)
Everyone was keen to have-a-go on the Ellacombe Chimes in the ringing chamber
It was great fun going on the behind-the-scenes tour. You got a rare glimpse of the clock face!