Writers and Contributors

Contributions to the historical archive have been made by several people. We would really welcome further contributions in the form of written material, books, pamphlets, personal stories, publications, photographs or anything else that you feel would help the project. If you written a project or dissertation or have photographs relating to Baths and Wash Houses then please get in touch.

Carl Evans MSc FCIMSPA
Founder of the Baths and Wash Houses Historical archive.
Past President of the Institute of Baths & Recreation Management
Publications
Health & Fitness Centres – A Guide to their Management & Operation Longmans 1992
Contributions to:
Practical Leisure Centre Management Volume 2 Institute of Baths & Recreation Management

Keith Myerscough MA MEd Associate Member of SpLeisH (Manchester Metropolitan University).
Keith has presented conference papers on the social history of commercial swimming. He has written peer reviewed articles and book chapters on individual Natationists and swimming clubs in Lancashire. Keith began his career as a teacher of physical education within the State School sector before moving on to manage the UK’s first basketball/netball facility in Stockport, Greater Manchester. He returned to teaching in the FE/HE sectors in 1999. Keith took early retirement from his post as a Senior Lecturer in Sport Studies at the University Centre, Blackpool in 2014.
Keith has presented conference papers on the social history of commercial swimming. He has written peer reviewed articles and book chapters on individual Natationists and swimming clubs in Lancashire. Keith began his career as a teacher of physical education within the State School sector before moving on to manage the UK’s first basketball/netball facility in Stockport, Greater Manchester. He returned to teaching in the FE/HE sectors in 1999. Keith took early retirement from his post as a Senior Lecturer in Sport Studies at the University Centre, Blackpool in 2014. Keith has researched and published a book entitled Joey Nuttall Champion Swimmer of the World – “The Stalybridge Merman”.

Keith Myerscough | Baths and Wash Houses Historical Archive

Simon Allen MA BA(Hons) F.Inst.SRM.Hons joined Cardiff County Council’s Leisure Department in 1986 and is currently employed by Cardiff County Council in its Harbour Authority as a Leisure Activity Officer with responsibility for assisting with the development and delivery of a water activity event programme for Cardiff Bay. Simon obtained a MA in Sport and Leisure Studies from UWIC in 1998, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management.  Masters dissertation on Baths and Wash Houses in Cardiff:
Simon Graham Allen | Baths and Wash Houses Historical Archive

Scott Flemming Professor of Sport and Leisure Studies at UWIC. He has long standing interests in the sport and leisure cultures. He has co-edited a number of Leisure Studies Association publications including: Policy and politics in sport, physical education and leisure (with Margaret Talbot and Alan Tomlinson); Masculinities: Leisure identities, cultures and consumption (with John Horne); and Events management – Education, impacts and experiences (with Fiona Jordan). He has also been the Chair of the LSA.

Scott Fleming | Baths and Wash Houses Historical Archive

Simon Allen & Scott Fleming Cardiff School of Sport, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff Pubic Baths and Wash Houses in Cardiff: A Case Study of Public Health in 1900. Article published in the Leisure Studies Journal. 

Steven Robb DipBS MSc. FSAScot IHBC MRTPI is Depute Head of Casework for Historic Environment Scotland, and previously was a Senior Inspector of Historic Buildings In London with English Heritage.  He is particularly interested in inter-war social housing in Edinburgh and the work of the City Architect’s Department.  His great uncle worked for the City Architect and was involved in designing the Union Street public washhouse.  This led to a desire to find out more about the building type and the social history behind the washhouses, especially relevant as only two now remain. The Public Wash Houses of Edinburgh.

Steven Rob | Baths and Wash Houses Historical Archive

Frances M Worsley was born in the Lancashire town of Bury during WW2.  She attended a small, rural primary school and then went on to Bury Grammar School for Girls. After school, she spent 6 months working in France before going up to London University to read philosophy. She left after just a year. Later, whilst raising a family, Frances trained as a teacher and then re-trained as a social worker. Twenty years after dropping out of university Frances returned part time to complete a BA Hons in History and Philosophy. Thirty years in social work, ending as a supervisor for students on practice placement, had entailed driving round all areas of Manchester and some of the older, poorer areas in particular. There, Frances had noticed some neglected and abandoned municipal buildings, soon to be demolished. These turned out to be the old Corporation baths and washhouses. A developing interest in social history eventually led to a Masters Degree in the History of the Manchester Region. During the course Frances noted how much history is written by and about men. The ordinary lives of ordinary women rarely seemed to get a mention. These were the women who used the washhouses, and who became the focus of the MA dissertation in 2000. The Public Wash House In Manchester 1850 – 1980 And Its Importance For Working Class Women.

Frances M Worsley | Baths and Wash Houses Historical Archive

Sylvia Kölling is an independent researcher with links to the SpLeisH team at MMU Cheshire. Sylvia has an interest in public health provision in early Victorian Manchester. Sylvia has presented her research at a number of public talks. An English graduate, she came to History indirectly, through a passion for local history and a fascination with Manchester’s early baths and wash-houses which are at the intersection of public health provision, the municipal administrative and financial situation, and the history of civil engineering. Sylvia’s current research concerns the history of baths and wash-houses in Manchester.
Sylvia Kölling | Baths and Wash Houses Historical Archive

Author of Municipal Dreams for the article about Ironmonger Row Baths, Finsbury and identifying several related links.

Michael Loftus is an economist who has worked in academia, the wider public sector and the private sector. Much of his professional career has focused on issues of planning and managing the post industrial environment. More recently he has also developed an interest in how issues of urbanisation and the other consequences of industrialisation were tackled in nineteenth century England.

Michael Loftus | Baths and Wash Houses Historical Archive

Judy Goldsmith

Judy Goldsmith is a near neighbour of the Victorian Jacobs Wells Baths in Bristol. As a member of Jacobs Wells Community Hub she has campaigned to save and bring recognition to the building and its location. Her research at Bristol Archives in the past year has unearthed a wealth of original plans and more for this and other historic Bristol swimming baths, warm baths and washhouses all available and waiting for others to research. Jacobs Wells Baths is in an area of historic springs from which it was fed and a current Heritage Lottery Grant for community research into the area means her internet based History of Jacobs Wells Baths on this site is a live project, subject to expansion before any printed version is produced. The baths are due to be refurbished and reopen.  She would happily share information with anyone researching other Bristol baths locations.

Judy Goldsmith | Baths and Wash Houses Historical Archive

Elizabeth Graham

Elizabeth Graham has an MA in eighteenth-century French history from the University of Melbourne; an MA in eighteenth-century French decorative art from the Courtauld Institute of Art; a PhD on eighteenth-century British bathrooms from the University of Edinburgh; and a Grad. Dip. in architectural conservation from the Edinburgh College of Art.  

Her research interests are in the history of comfort, and the relationship between evolving ideas about comfort and advances in domestic technology in the eighteenth century.  She is on the council of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, and is an active campaigner on heritage issues.

Elizabeth Graham | Baths and Wash Houses Historical Archive

Malcolm Shifrin

Malcolm Shifrin FRHistS worked as an education librarian before retiring in 1985 as head of the Inner London Education Authority’s central library resources service. In 1973 he wrote the first British textbook on audio-visual librarianship. Since his retirement he has researched the Victorian Turkish bath, writing and maintaining the world’s only website (www.victorianturkishbath.org ) dealing with the subject. He also presents illustrated lectures. Malcolm is the author of Victorian Turkish Baths (Historic England 2015).

Malcolm Shifrin | Baths and Wash Houses Historical Archive

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2 Responses to “Writers and Contributors”

  1. I have posted a history of Jacob’s Wells Baths complex on our website and am aware you have no information on baths and wash houses in Bristol. Ours is grade 2 listed, opened 1889 and due to campaigning by our organisation is in the process of being rescued under a community asset transfer bidding process. I am still working on expanding my heavily illustrated article as I come across new information, so apologise for it still being work in progress. However there is no point in delaying publishing some of the finds and sharing with anyone interested. Please feel free to look on the Jacob’s Wells Community Hub website where you can read my article on the history of our superb building and read about the currrent situation. Judy Goldsmith

    • Hi Judy
      Your comment led to our discussions and the inclusion of your work on the Baths and Wash Houses Historical Archive= web site. Great to see this now achieved. Apologies for it all taking so much longer than I had planned.

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