Future plans for Bath Assembly Rooms

A chandelier at the assembly rooms

Plans to share the history of Georgian Bath and reveal stories of its social life are underway as the National Trust prepares to take on the day to day running of the Assembly Rooms from March 2023.

Owned by the Trust since 1931, the Assembly Rooms are currently leased to Bath and North East Somerset Council and are used to house the Fashion Museum and as a venue for events and meetings.

The Bath Assembly Rooms are a significant part of the World Heritage Site of Bath and our ambition is to celebrate this important building, bring its story to life and showcase its central role in the society of Georgian Bath.

We plan to produce an immersive experience for visitors that will transport them back to Georgian society, as well as exploring the role the rooms can play in the life of the twenty-first century city.

Partnership working

Working with creative partners, partner organisations and with the local community, we’ll develop an exciting and relevant future for the building. Research and historical records will be used to ensure the full story of the Assembly Rooms can be enjoyed by visitors.

Tom Boden, National Trust General Manager for the Bath Portfolio, said ‘We’re working closely with our many friends and partners in the city to develop our plans for the Assembly Rooms. Bath benefits from a wide range of high-quality museums and visitor attractions, and we want to complement and support their existing offers.

‘This is a hugely exciting opportunity to bring this important building to life. It will allow the National Trust to develop new experiences in the centre of Bath, telling the stories of the Georgian city in a building that was the heart of its social scene in the late eighteenth century, and making these relevant to today.’

Income generated by the Bath Assembly Rooms will help support conservation work at other National Trust places nearby, including the 500 acres of countryside that helps to provide the green setting for the City of Bath.