"Pool Of Memories" Film Launched At The Baths
Posted: 19th Dec. 2011 By Andrew Johnson
In the third of our December 2011 events in the baths we launched the film, “Pool of Memories” made by collaborating with the Arches over the last year or so. Held in the new meeting room and kitchen suite of the baths (see pic) some 30 community contributors to the project, their friends and the film makers joined CCP staff, Friends of the Baths and Board members to watch the film and enjoy a buffet lunch provided by the Trust. Everyone left happily clutching a CD copy of the film.
Over this past year the CCP has been working closely with our colleagues from The Arches on this arts based project which has targeted local people over 55. They have been engaged in various activities but in particular have been meeting regularly to gather information and assist in the making of the film and developing a publication to go with it. Both are now available from the Baths Trust.
After discussions and a number interviews the contributors have been helped to collect and compile their memories and recollections of using the services provided by the Baths, some as long as 60 years ago and including the swimming pools, the steamie, the sauna and the “slipper baths”. The information gathered will also be used to contribute to an archive of memories for the Trust. And what memories there are too! From gentle courting in the steamie and meeting a future husband to being chased out of the baths at closing time, diving off the balcony into the deep end, queuing for ever to get in the baths and much more, the tales are poignant and deeply embedded in the sense of “belonging” and “place” felt by the contributors who so clearly treasured the baths and all it offered.
Quote of the Day “Well, I never thought this would happen ever again. In the baths with old friends enjoying a nice cuppa and watching a film about all those happy memories. The council said then that they were closed for good but now they have been proved wrong – next step the pools. Thanks, keep going you have the whole community behind you! (1950’s swimmer, Alison Street)
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