Episode 13

Published on:

3rd Feb 2023

Living Working Bath

In this episode we delve into Bath’s social history exploring the world of work and housing from the industrial revolution right up to the present day.

We set the scene with Stuart Burroughs - Stuart has been the Director of the Museum of Bath at Work for the last 30 years. In a nutshell the museum celebrates the city’s commercial development since Roman times. The photographic exhibition along with some amazing reconstructed workplaces and workshops are all beautifully exhibited at the museum which opens again at weekends from 18th February 2023.

Twerton artist Diana Ahmed shows me around Twerton high street and talks about the public art project she carried out with local schools to improve her neighbourhood.

In our final feature we explore a housing estate on the south side of the city just above Twerton. Mark Batterham takes us on a walking history tour of the post-war Moorlands estate.  He co-created this walk with fellow walk leader and co-researcher Dave Pearce. The design of the Moorlands estate has been praised by architects and planners for its emphasis on space and light. The Bath Chronicle excitedly reported how 'the living rooms of the houses will face south and have a sun terrace outside'. To put it in context, when this estate was built, four out of ten British households had no fixed bath, well over a third had outside toilets and under half had a hot water tap. 


Music: Audionautix

Produced by Pommy Harmar

Photo credit: Moorlands estate, Mark Batterham





With thanks to the National Heritage Lottery for funding the podcast.

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About the Podcast

This podcast is designed to inspire you to get out and explore the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the city of Bath, with its hills and valleys, grasslands and woodlands.

Season 1 brought a monthly flavour of the September walking festival through interviews with special guests, a recorded local walk and a 'top-tip' section with festival organiser Lucy Bartlett.

Season 2 delves deep into the rich diversity of the Bathscape, its culture, heritage, landscape and people.

Hosted by walking and podcasting enthusiast Pommy Harmar. Get in touch with us through Facebook or Twitter or visit our website: www.bathscape.co.uk

About your hosts

Pommy Harmar

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Freelance Journalist, radio producer, podcaster and walker. Pommy has been working in radio since 2013. She has produced and hosted podcasts including Sleeping with the Moon, Footprints, The Bristol Walkfest Podcast, The Quarantini, and Follow The Sun.

"It was excellent, really interesting and informative. The details and the way it was done, with three women farmers as key players, was really refreshing. I liked the voiceover and all the interviews." (Footprints, season 2 listener)

"All your topics on the Footprints podcast were relevant and fascinating to me as an older, female solo walker for the first time in the U.K." (Footprints season 1 listener)

Email: pommyharmar@yahoo.co.uk

Lucy Bartlett

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Lucy is the Bathscape Community Projects Officer and a keen walker. She organises the annual Bathscape Walking Festival which aims to encourage people to discover the beautiful landscape around Bath.
Bathscape is very grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and players of the National Lottery who fund our work.