Bath Museum Highlights the Work of Big Issue Vendors

A new exhibition has opened at the Museum of Bath At Work giving visitors an insight to the everyday working life of Big Issue vendors.

The exhibition, called “Have You Heard The News? Bath and The Big Issue”, is the biggest exhibition the museum has ever held and will run until 1st September. Bath was the second city, after London, to set up a Big Issue office back in 1991 and is also home to one of our Big Issue Foundation offices

Organiser of the exhibition and Big Issue Foundation service broker Geo Leonard said: “For me it’s like stepping into the high street, the exhibition is so colourful. The interviews were all conducted outside so you can hear all the everyday life sounds. The overwhelming theme from the pictures and audio is that vendors really value the connection they get with the wider community.”

The Mayor of Bath, Patrick Anketell-Jones, and his wife attended the launch of the exhibition on 4th April as did Foundation CEO, Stephen Robertson who spoke at the launch.

“I was honoured to be asked to speak at the launch of the exhibition celebrating Bath Big Issue vendors contribution to the working history of Bath. The ‘Museum of Bath at Work’ is a wonderful venue, capturing the commercial development of Bath over a 2000-year period. Big Issue vendors are part of this rich history and I can genuinely say this exhibition and the Museum itself are well worth paying a visit to.”

The museum was established in 1978 as the Bath Industrial Heritage Trust. Today, the museum seeks to present the commercial development of Bath over a 2000-year period. Richard Wyatt from Bath Newseum sat down with museum director and curator Stuart Burroughs to discuss what some might think an unusual subject for the museum.

The Museum of Bath at Work is open 10.30am until 5pm seven days a week and entry costs £8 for adults, £7 for concessions and £5 for children.

Read more about some Bath based vendors The Big Issue Foundation has supported such as Ian and Stuart B!

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