i fell in love this week. despite having lived in cardiff for almost 7 years now, i’ve never been to bath. which is a bit silly really, as it’s so close, and about the same distance away from me as bristol. pretty much everyone i told this to had a look of disbelief on their faces, ha. but it was so worth the wait. despite the cold and dull (and at times rainy) day, i instantly fell for this city. i can’t even imagine how excitable i’d get about it on a sunny day.
though i had a few suggestions of places to visit, i decided i’d rather wonder around slightly aimlessly and see where my feet and my camera would take me. my main reason for being there was to visit the fashion museum, for a special preview of their latest exhibition, but i’ll talk about that in a bit.
there were so many alleys and roads i wanted to wonder down, shops to go in and museums and galleries to visit, but my time was a little limited, as were my energy levels, but i quickly realised this just gives me more motivation to go back again soon to do some more discovering . oh boy am i excited about that.
there are some fantastic shops there, many of which aren’t in cardiff, but my favourite realisation was that there’s a hay store! oh my goodness, i practically ran across the road when i spotted it. had i any money to spare i easily could have bought many a thing, but came away with just one item. i WILL be back! i also need to discover more of the charity shops, as i’m told there are some fantastic ones. i only came across 3, but this is another definite on my list for next time.
on to the reason why i visited bath. i was invited, along with a few other bloggers, to a very special preview of the latest exhibition in the fashion museum, ‘lace in fashion‘. i’ve wanted to visit the fashion museum for a long time, as i’m passionate and interested in textiles and fashion history, so this was pretty much my ideal (blog) opportunity.
we only got to see a small section of the exhibit, but even that was a wonder to see. we were guided around by elly summers, who is a curator at the museum, who told us a little about the history of lace and the provenance of the items featured. i loved her clear passion for the subject, and it really enhanced seeing these beautiful items in person. i love learning about the history and context behind things, as it really brings you into a whole new world of understanding.
i couldn’t get any good photos – a mix of tiredness/shaky arms/it being a bit dark in there (for preservation reasons) – so i got some video snippets instead, which are below along with a few other little snapshots from my visit to bath.
i HIGHLY recommend you visit both bath, and this exhibition in the fashion museum, you won’t come away disappointed, and hopefully you will come away as excited, inspired and happy as i did.