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.

Start Date Saturday 21st September 2019
Start Time 14:00
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance About 1 mile
Places Available 20
Meeting Point Outside BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN


Start / Finish

Start: Outside BRLSI, Queen Square
Finish: Walcot Street, near The Bell


A flat, pavement-based city walk


Loos at Bath Library, various cafes, pubs etc. en route, which takes us through the city.


This will deal with some sensitive issues, such as suicide.


Molly Conisbee

Meeting Point

Outside BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN