Saturday, 11 August 2012
Old Curiosity Shop
The Museum of Bath at work was extremely interesting. It told the story of 2000 years of the City of Bath at work. One floor was completely dedicated to the Victorian entrepreneur J B Bowler who ran an engineering works and a mineral water factory. When the firm closed in 1969 Bath council decided to demolish the building and the premises were cleared of all the movable objects, almost one million of then. One thousand photographs where taken of the original business and then used to reconstruct the interiors of the firm in the museum. Over 10,000 bottles were saved and a collection of half a million documents were also saved. It appears that J B Bowler threw nothing away. There are even letters that are unopened that date back to the turn of the 20th century. It really is like stepping back in time to an old curiosity shop in the Victorian area.