Support Us

Welcome to the Museum of Bath at Work's support page! Your contributions sustain our mission of preserving Bath's industrial heritage. By donating, you play a vital role in our efforts to collect, conserve, and exhibit artifacts that tell the city's story of labour and industry.

Explore various support options, from one-time donations to becoming a valued member or volunteer. Your generosity enables us to engage visitors with interactive exhibits and educational programs, preserving Bath's industrial legacy for future generations. Join us in celebrating and sharing the history of this vibrant community.

Choose from our ‘support’ options:

Adopt a Bottle

“10 Green Bottles hanging on the wall” remember the old song?

The museum really does have hundreds of green bottles, other colours, and earthenware, some hanging on the wall. Would you like to sponsor one to bear your name or dedication?

The Museum hosts the J.B. Bowler mineral water factory, a 19th-century Bath enterprise producing carbonated drinks like Orange Champagne and Dry Ginger Ale. Emphasising reuse, bottles were extensively recycled. In today's Climate Emergency, lessons from this era are vital for integrating "return, reuse, recycle" into habits. The Museum displays diverse, colourful bottles, offering opportunities to adopt one for honouring individuals, commemorating events, or supporting the Museum. Join us in preserving history and promoting sustainability.

In return for your donation:
  • Your name and your dedication will be prominently displayed in the Museum
  • Your bottle will have a handwritten label attached with your dedication message
  • And your bottle will be added to our spectacular chandelier display of bottles in the main gallery space – the display will grow as more bottle are added
We’re aiming to have at least 100 bottles adopted in our expanding display during the first year of this project, so join in now and be one of the first to support this scheme. Your donation will help secure a fantastic future for our unique Museum.

Join us as a volunteer

The year-round, day-to-day running of the museum is entirely thanks to our fantastic team of volunteers. We have just one paid member of staff, the Museum Director, so our volunteers are the backbone of the organisation – we couldn’t open to the public without them.

Volunteers assist with every aspect of the Museum’s operation – welcoming visitors at the front desk, giving guided tours, helping with schools visits, maintaining and cleaning historic machinery, cataloguing archives, office administration, and running special events such as talks and film showings.

We really do have something for everyone, and you’re sure to meet like-minded people. Whether you’re a ‘people person’ and like helping visitors, or whether you prefer to work with archives or machinery – everyone is welcome to join our friendly team. And you don’t have to be knowledgeable about the Museum’s collections – training will be provided.

Do you have time to contribute?
Whether it’s a regular weekly or monthly commitment, or occasional one-off help – we would love to hear from you!

Please email or ring the Museum Director on 01225 318348.

Join our Friends today

We couldn’t do it without our Friends! Becoming a Friend of the Museum will give you the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a unique museum with your membership subscription. You’ll meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy social events, and your financial support is a huge boost to our fundraising.

In the past few years, the Friends have raised funds for exhibitions, new display equipment, WiFi network, computer upgrades and a digital phone system.

Whether you chose monthly or annual membership, you will receive free admission for you and immediate family to the Museum, regular email newsletters, Director’s behind the scenes tours, preferential access to activities and virtual events, free access to archives and non-displayed items and invitations to social events.

Download a joining form

For more information, email the Museum at or ring the Museum Director on 01225 318348.