In partnership with Bath Abbey
A project exploring the tall towers and soaring spires of the city and how they stand as landmarks to ambition, religion and escape. Pick up your free ‘Towers of Bath’ trail map from Beckford’s Tower from June.
There’s more information on upcoming Towers of Bath events, both at Beckford’s Tower and Bath Abbey, here.
Saturday 24 September, 2pm
Join Dr Amy Frost on a guided walk downhill from Beckford’s Tower, exploring the towers of Lansdown.
Free but spaces are limited, booking advised.
To book contact email@example.com or 01225 460705
Tuesday 18 October at Beckford’s Tower
£5 per person
Join Sidney Blackmore, Secretary of the Beckford Society, as he explores towers of both the real world and of the imagination.
Friday 7 October, 6.30pm at the Museum of Bath Architecture
in aid of building repairs at Beckford’s Tower
£10 per person
Explore the inner workings of the Gothic mind revealing William Beckford’s early gothic architectural imagination and how it developed into the extraordinary Fonthill Abbey with Dale Townsend, Professor of Gothic Literature in the Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and Dr Peter Lindfield Leverhulme, Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Stirling.
Tower tours and walks are free to Bath and North East Somerset residents during Museums Week.
Places are limited, booking is essential.
To book, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01225 460705
Guided tours of Beckford’s Tower and Lansdown Cemetery
Saturday 22 October, 11am
Sunday 23 October, 11am
Saturday 29 October, 11am and 3pm
Sunday 30 October, 11am and 3pm
Towers of Lansdown guided walk (downhill from Beckford’s Tower)
Saturday 22 October, 3pm
Sunday 23 October, 3pm
Join us at the Tower for our quarterly book group exploring writings (loosely) related to the work of William Beckford. You don’t need to have read the book, just be interested in enjoying an evening of talks from experts, interesting discussions, tea, coffee (maybe wine).
The British Abroad: The Grand Tour in the Eighteenth Century
by Jeremy Black
Thursday 22 September, 7pm at Beckford’s Tower
£5 per person
For our September Book Group we’ll be looking at another very important aspect of Beckford’s life – and the life of all eighteenth century gentleman – the Grand Tour.
The book we’ve chosen is ‘The British Abroad: The Grand Tour in the Eighteenth Century’ by Jeremy Black. From Amazon: ‘Travel for pleasure developed greatly in the 18th century, and here Jeremy Black – professor of history at the University of Exeter – examines travel on the Continent, the so-called ‘Grand Tour”, but if you would rather read another text on the Grand Tour, please feel free. We’ll also bring along some information about Beckford’s European travels to talk about, as well as the usual drinks, nibbles and (potentially themed) cupcakes.
by Peter Lovesey
Thursday 1 December, 7pm at Beckford’s Tower
£5 per person
Changing tone completely, for our December Book Group we’ll be reading ‘Skeleton Hill’ by Peter Lovesey.
From Amazon: ‘Battle and burial are built into the history of Lansdown Hill, so it is no great shock when part of a skeleton is unearthed there. But Peter Diamond, Bath’s Head of CID, can’t ignore the fresh corpse found close to the folly known as Beckford’s Tower’. *insert sinister music here*
Click here for more information on previous Book Group texts.