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Historic Pools Network launch

October 16 2013

Pool operators and campaigners from around the country met at the Victoria Baths in Manchester last month to launch the Historic Pools Network. The idea behind the network is to raise awareness of the crisis facing many old swimming pools which have been closed or are facing closure and to share information on restoration and fund-raising.

People diving into a swimming pool

The launch of the network was timed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the Victoria Baths winning the BBC’s Restoration programme. To mark the occasion, the gala pool was temporarily filled, tempting some of the hardy campaigners to brave the chilly water.

Among the historic baths represented at the meeting were Western Baths, Glasgow; Moseley Road Baths and Woodcock Street Baths, Birmingham; Woolton Baths, Liverpool and City Pool, Newcastle.

Kate McKnight from the Amateur Swimming Association pledged support for the network, adding that the ASA has facilities advisors who could offer expertise and help.

Membership of the Historic Pools Network is open to any charitable trust, local authority, private operator or other organisation that is responsible for an historic pool building. Membership is also open to bodies which can advise and support historic pool operators.

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For more on Britain’s historic indoor swimming pools see Great Lengths.

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