Molly Conisbee, a researcher in the histories of death at Bristol University, will lead a stroll around the city of Bath, to uncover varied stories of dying and death in the city.
Because of the Spa and its healing waters Bath has long been associated with health tourism. From Roman times, and possibly earlier, visitors would come to take the waters in hope of cures for various afflictions from rheumatic and skin disorders to alcoholism, as well as for more urgent, serious illnesses.
From the terrors of plague and cholera epidemics, to social debates about alcohol, suicide or violence-related deaths, the city reveals many surprising stories about attitudes towards the ends of life, and how these have changed over time. How Bath pioneered care of the sick, the struggles over space to bury the dead in the nineteenth century, the growth of the funeral industry, and what it meant – and might mean – to have a ‘good death’, will be part of our exploration.
Photo: Shadow Manor.