I took the opportunity of being in Bath for the Research Methodology presentation on the 9th January to collect samples of Bath stone and have a look for samples in the grounds of the Holburne Museum to add to the body of the travel flask.

A quick background to Bath stone: Bath sits on a bed of oolitic limestone, it is famous for having hot springs, the rainwater collects in the deep Radstock Basin where it is heated by geothermics, and breaks through in two points in Bath, forming the famous thermal springs. (http://earthwise.bgs.ac.uk/index.php/Geology_of_the_Bath_area:_Applied_geology:_hydrogeology) accessed 19/01/18.

Great Pulteney Street is typical of the terraces in Bath, built using the oolitic limestone/Bath stone, which is honey coloured and can be cut in any direction unlike slate for instance that is formed in layers. It is made up of granular collections of calcium carbonate, minute particles of shell or rock. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_stone) accessed 19/01/18.   I collected some samples of Bath stone in Great Pulteney street from a terrace that was being renovated, you can see the scaffolding midway along the terrace where I collected pieces of fallen stone from under the scaffolding.


Great Pulteney Street, Bath (Affleck) Photograph 9/01/18

Next I looked around the museum grounds for samples. The two things that stood out in the grounds were the gravel, which looked like it was Bath stone, or certainly from a local quarry – honey coloured and almost honey comb in texture. The gravel underfoot was less pure than some I took from the flower pots

collecting gravelstone samples

Holburne Museum gravel (Affleck) Photograph 9/01/1 Bath limestone (Affleck) Photograph 9/01/18

I had a look at some of the weathering and detail of the stone of the Holburne Museum


Holburne Museum weathering stone (Affleck) Photograph 9/01/18

Holburne Museum detail of stone (Affleck) Photograph 9/01/18



One thought on “Holburne Project: collecting samples

  1. excellent submit, very informative. I ponder why the opposite experts of this sector do not realize this. You must proceed your writing. I am confident, you have a huge readers’ base already!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s