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Bath Abbey Memorials: Colonial Connections

Around 15% of Bath Abbey’s memorials have a connection with countries from the British Empire, including places in the Caribbean and India.

Each connection is a unique and interesting story which tells how and why British citizens lived and worked in far-flung places.

Enjoy refreshments and a presentation on some of the key names, such as:

  • William Baker who traded across the globe, was a founder investor in the East India Company and died leaving around £12 million at today’s rates.
  • Hannah Alleyne who lived in Barbados on a plantation for nearly all her short life but whose son John became a leading lawyer calling for the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

A tour of the memorials will follow, with the optional extra of listening to the Abbey’s new audio tour ‘Memorials & Empire’.

Please note that this tour will contain information that some people may find upsetting. 

What to expect

Our free activities are here to help you take some time for yourself and to meet others that understand the joys and challenges of looking after a loved one.

There's lots of reasons to join this fantastic activity:

  • There’ll be the opportunity to sketch some of the memorials for those who would like to. 
  • Learn more about Bath Abbey from some of the people who know it best. 

If you need help with transport to attend this activity, please inform us when booking. Whilst we will do our best to arrange this, please note that we cannot make any guarantees. 

What our community say

"I enjoyed feeling like a tourist in Bath - it was great to experience a different side to it and the guide was very knowledgeable."

In Person

Key information

Duration: 2 hours

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Bath Abbey's Office Entrance, 9 Kingston Buildings, Bath, BA1 1LT

  • Mon 30 Sep 2024, AM

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