10th August 2017
Save the date: forthcoming talk and AGM
Thursday 19th October at Central Community Centre
Further information about both the AGM and the talk will be released in the fullness of time. This post is simply to flag the event up with you so you can get it in your diary.
The admission fee to our talks (to cover venue costs and refreshments) is reduced for members of Swindon Civic Voice. So if you’re not a member now’s a good time!
It’s only £5 for a year or £2 if you’re unwaged. Find out more here: http://www.swindoncivicvoice.org.uk/membership-2/
Victorian Turkish Baths
Once the business of the AGM is concluded we have a special guest speaker: Malcolm Shifrin
Mr Shrifin is an expert on the Victorian Turkish Bath: their origin, their development and their decline.
This is a subject close to the heart of Swindon because, of the eight remaining Victorian Turkish baths in the UK, one of them is here in the Health Hydro.
Find out more about the Health Hydro:
Mr Shrifrin has written a book on the subject. Taken from his website: ‘Malcolm’s unique book, Victorian Turkish Baths, is the first ever to be written on the subject, and was commissioned in 2011 by Historic England (formerly part of English Heritage).’
If you’re curious as to how his interest began: ‘In Bath in 1990, he happened to notice a decorated initial B on a stained glass door panel in a health club which had once been a Turkish bath. This was his introduction to the strange world of Charles Bartholomew who (falsely) claimed to have built the first modern Turkish bath in England. Finding that no one else had made a study of the Victorian Turkish bath, he determined that this was how he would spend his retirement.’
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