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Edwardian photographic slides see the light after 100 years

A collection of 84 glass lantern slides dating from the early part of the twentieth century has been donated to Bath & North East Somerset Council. The photographs depict various scenes in and around Bath including Prior Park, Bath Abbey, the Guildhall and the Botanical Gardens. They are thought to have been taken around 1905, possibly by a surveyor with an interest in Bath's architecture who was engaged in work at Prior Park, the Assembly Rooms and the Guildhall.

They were donated to the Council’s Library Service by a local family who were keen to see them preserved for the future, and to give more people the opportunity to see these fragile images. The slides are now part of the Bath Local Studies Collection housed at Bath Library. The images from each slide can be seen on the Bath In Time Website at

Councillor David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are delighted that this fantastic collection now forms part of the Local Studies collection and that the images can be appreciated by everyone via the Bath in Time website. Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Library Service continues to play a vital role in ensuring that the story of our local area is preserved, made accessible and understood by everyone.”   

The Council is always pleased to receive donations of material connected with the history of Bath and North East Somerset. Please contact or call Council Connect on 01225 394041.

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