British Science Week at the Roman Baths

British Science Week at the Roman Baths

Have you ever wondered how arches are built, why Bath has a hot spring, or what archaeologists do with X-rays?

As part of British Science Week (9-18 March 2018), visitors of all ages will be able to investigate the science behind the Roman Baths, get hands-on with historic objects and even have a go at playing a water organ!

Councillor Paul Myers, (Conservative, Midsomer Norton Redfield), cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “We are delighted to be participating in British Science Week again this year, with lots of exciting opportunities for visitors to handle objects from the Roman Baths collection, and discover fascinating facts about how the Romans used science.”

The events taking place are:

Hands on Science
Monday 12 March-Friday 16 March 2018, 2-4pm

Get hands-on with museum objects and discover the science behind them. Handling tables will cover a range of science – from early medicine, to what pots can tell us, to the osteology of a Roman skeleton.

Science Busking
Saturday 17 March 2018, 2-5pm

Investigate the Roman science and technology in our amazing archaeological site. Have a go at playing a water organ, find out about the geology of the hot spring, see how aqueducts and arches work, and discover why archaeologists use X-rays.

All activities are included in the admission price. Admission is free for Bath & North East Somerset residents with a Discovery Card (

Advance booking not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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