The Archive

The archive is about people and the buildings, the Swimming Baths, the Public Wash Baths, the Public Wash Houses, the Public Laundries, the Turkish Baths, the Russian Baths, the Leisure Pools, the Open Air Baths, the Lidos and everything that went with them. These sometimes, now lost places, formed a large part of the social fabric of the UK and still live on in the memories of those that worked in them and enjoyed them.

It’s also about the people, the Politicians and Professionals that campaigned for their building and the Architects and Engineers that brought them into being.

This archive is for everyone that remembers something of them and it’s a place to share memories and stories so that the history of these places will remain alive.

See if we have information about the Baths & Wash Houses in your local area

Search our record of Baths & Wash Houses related publications

Read about the people that write material for the Baths & Wash Houses Historical Archive

Explore our list of subjects

Take a look at the Baths and Wash Houses Historical Timeline

Find out about some of the people that figure in Baths & Wash Houses History

Send us your story or article

Do you have a dissertation that you would like to see added to the Baths & Wash Houses Historical Archive?

We would like you to get involved in this project.

We’re looking for historical material, stories, photographs and unpublished works that may have been completed as part of a university course such as a dissertation.

This site provides a place to share access to this type of invaluable and often unique work.

If you would like to contribute please get in touch.

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