Matlock Bath: ‘The Great War – life in the bath’

Matlock Bath Parish Council developed and managed their project ‘The Great War: life in the bath’ in collaboration with the Peak District Mining Museum with support from the ‘Derbyshire Lives Through the First World War’ Project.  A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £9500 helped to fund an initial two year project with the aim of ‘identifying, capturing, recording and sharing the largely forgotten heritage and history of this unique inland resort during the Great War.’

The project wanted to involve as many people as possible so invited residents, businesses and visitors to carry out research or share anything they already had about life in the village around the time of the Great War. This could be through family ‘archives’ and mementoes, information on property or land; recollections and oral history, or transportation into and around the village. Anything that showed the changed to Matlock Bath during this time – there was no definitive list.

The project had three main areas:

  • Free exhibitions during the summer months in the Pump Room of the Grand Pavilion. One of the exhibitions featured work from Holy Trinity School.
  • Vintage village newsletters published annually and articles in the quarterly Parish Newsletter ‘ A View for The Bath’.
  • The annual Act of Remembrance at the Memorial on North Parade. An information board was erected in the Memorial Gardens giving a detailed history of the funding, manufacture and unveiling of the War Memorial.

As well as the exhibitions and newsletters, a website was created where the material contributed can be accessed and shared.