My Pool or Yours? Ownership & Design of Bathing Places

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How would you design your ideal swim spot?

Oxford’s former official bathing places on the Thames and Cherwell — including Tumbling Bay, Long Bridges and Wolvercote — are valued community assets. But as they become dilapidated, it brings up questions about who is responsible for them and what it would mean to ‘steward’ them?

In this session, we will be imagining the future of our city’s bathing places. We will discuss who might own and manage them and what they would feel like to swim in.

The workshop will give participants the opportunity to engage with the Dive In exhibition and photos and stories of the historic bathing places. Participants will also take part in creative, interactive 3D modelling workshop to design their re-imagined bathing places.

Additional information

Materials, and refreshment and guidance provided.

Please contact us if you have any access needs that you would like to discuss (including facing financial barriers).

This workshop is recommended for people over the age of 16+.

Tickets are available to buy via Eventbrite (with a booking fee) or in person from the Museum’s Gift Shop.

The Museum is accessible for wheelchair users and baby carriers. There is step-free, level entry access to the Town Hall is via the entrance closest to Carfax (to the left of the main steps as you face the Town Hall). Inside the Museum, Museum Makers is accessible via a platform lift and lift to the basement level. Accessible toilets are available in the Museum (close to Museum Makers) and in the Town Hall on the ground floor, before entering the Museum. Please contact the Museum team if you’d like to talk to a member of staff about your access requirements. Further access information can be found on our website:

Photo consent: Please be aware that photographs will be taken at this event for use in marketing. If you (or a member of your group) would prefer not to be photographed, please let a member of staff know during the event.

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