Fashion Museum Somerset

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South West

Bennett Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2QH

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January, February, March


5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

The Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms are a great place to visit to find out about Georgian Bath and to discover how we have dressed for 400 years!

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Art and Design | Historical Heritage | Historic Buildings | Textiles | Leisure and Tourism | History | English | Design and Technology | Museums

What we offer

The Fashion Museum hosts a world class collection of historic and contemporary dress. Included in the visit is a free audioguide, trying on replica Victorian clothes and exploring the Assembly Rooms.

What makes us a great choice?

Our programme provides a range of fun, interactive and accessible ways to learn. Our range of teaching sessions and hands-on activities are suitable for KS 1 - 4. Replica Victorian and Georgian dress provides great photo opportunities for school newsletters while also giving children and adults a chance to see what they would have looked like 150 years ago.

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What is typically included?

Self guided visits - please book a visit in advance: telephone 01225 477173 or email fashion_bookings@bathnes.gov.uk
Facilitated visits

A typical visit starts with a teaching session which includes work in the Fashion Museum and Assembly rooms.
Sessions are:

Early Years Foundation Stage

Toys of the past

Children will link clothing past and present whilst exploring the Fashion Museum. They will handle and examine different fabrics and make a T Shirt design.

The Clothes we Wear - KS1

Children discover clothing past and present whilst exploring the Fashion Museum's special exhibition of the history of fashion. They handle and examine different fabrics and make a T shirt design.

Gorgeous Georgians - KS2

Explore the amazing Assembly rooms and our special Georgians exhibition. Look closely at Georgian design in our trail. Investigate objects from Georgian times , create some Georgian designs and have a go at a Georgian dance.

Investigating Pattern - KS2

Follow our trail to investigate pattern in our brand new exhibition. Evaluate how patterns work in textiles and create a new design for an item of clothing. Explore historic patterns, embroidery and modern designs by Worth of Paris, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Ralph Lauren, John Galliano, House of McQueen.

Down the Decades - KS2

Explore fashion from the 20th Century in our display of Fashion in 100 objects. Use colour to design a fashion based on your sketches in the exhibition. Choose a decade and make 60s black and white, geometric or 70s zany bright. See designs by Mary Quant, Jean Muir and Yves Saint Laurent.

What's in a design - KS2

Shoe special

Explore shoes in our displays and handling collection. See shoes from 1700 to modern Nike trainers. Investigate how shoes are made and reproduce a shoe from a paper pattern. Develop the paper shoe and strengthen the shoe and upper using coloured papers.


Group Sizes Catered For

To qualify for the group discount price the group needs to number 20. We also offer free adult places on condition that they supervise their group throughout their visit according to a ratio: up to 11 years 1 free adult per 10 children and 12 years upwards 1 free adult per 15 children. We do not have a maximum group size but large groups may be split into smaller groups to enter the museum. Teaching sessions have a maximum limit of 35 including children and adults.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

Our museum trails are provided as part of each teaching session to explore the museum thematically.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Children are welcome to take photographs inside the Assembly Rooms if they wish. Photography is also permitted downstairs in the Fashion Museum.

Risk Assessment Details

A risk assessment can be downloaded from the learning pages of our web site

Education Officer Information

You can contact our Learning and Programmes Co-ordinator by telephone or email: 01225 477757 or Lindsey_braidley@bathnes.gov.uk To make a group booking please contact by email the booking office at: fashion_bookings@bathnes.gov.uk

Pricing Information

Please see the website for the current prices http://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/making-booking

Clothing Requirements


First Aid Information

Yes - we have qualified First Aiders on site.

Available Facilities

Facilities available: Shop, toilets, an adapted toilet is normally available close to the entrance and in the middle of the museum. We also have baby changing facilities. We do not have an onsite lunch room but groups having teaching sessions can usually use the teaching room while the workshop leader clears away resources.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

The building is accessible to wheelchair users. There is level access to the ground floor Assembly Rooms and a specially adapted toilet for disabled visitors. A wheelchair is available for use.

There is a lift from the ground floor to the Fashion Museum on the lower ground floor. In addition, there is a ramp to the Fashion Museum and an emergency exit ramp. There is also a specially adapted toilet on the ground floor for disabled visitors in the Fashion Museum.

Opening Hours & Information

The Fashion Museum is open every day except 25 and 26 December.

January - February 10.30 - 16.00

March - October 10.30 - 17.00

November - December 10.30 - 16.00

Exit 1 hour after these times

The Assembly Rooms are open to view when not in use for booked functions

Hours as for Fashion Museum

Telephone +44 (0) 1225 477173 to check availability.


To support our D and T work on sports clothing and design - very good session, good pace and variety. Horsington Primary School

Brilliant exhibits; superbly display; well designed worksheets (trail). Chewton Mendip CEVA Primary School

Thoroughly enjoyable day. Will book again next year! Thanks. Shaftesbury School.

Fantastic - very inspirational - Melksham Community School.

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