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Celebrating Great Lengths at the Victoria Baths, Manchester
Wednesday, September 9 from 6.10 - 8.30pm

September 4 2009

Victoria Baths, Manchester

Opened in 1906 and described by Dr Ian Gordon and Simon Inglis in Great Lengths as 'the Taj Mahal of British swimming', the Victoria Baths in Manchester closed in 1993 but has recently emerged from £3.8m worth of restoration works. (photograph by English Heritage).

Victoria Baths, Manchester

The Gala Pool at the Victoria Baths, Manchester, where English Heritage and the Victorian Baths Trust are hosting a special Great Lengths celebration on Wednesday, September 9.

In advance of next weekend's Heritage Open Days, English Heritage invites members and non-members to an extra special celebration of the restoration works so far completed at the Victoria Baths in Manchester, in the company of Played in Britain series editor and co-author of Great Lengths, Simon Inglis, and members of the Victoria Baths Trust.

During the evening, Simon will give an illustrated lecture on the research carried out by Dr Ian Gordon and the Played in Britain team to compile Great Lengths ), the much acclaimed story of Britain's historic indoor swimming baths.

There will also be guided tours of the Grade II* listed building, highlighting the wonderful restoration work carried out since the baths won the BBC's Restoration series in September 2003, plus drinks and a buffet, and a chance to buy signed Played in Britain titles at a special discount.

Representatives from English Heritage and members of the Victoria Baths Trust will also be on hand to tell the story of the baths and the restoration works.

Tickets for the event cost £20 and can be ordered by telephoning English Heritage Customer Services on 0870 333 1181 / 1183.

For more information on the event, please contact the Victoria Baths, on 0161 224 2020.

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