Bath Spa – a Utopia of the Past, Present and Future?

February 8, 2018

As places devoted to enhance human well-being, spa towns stand as a unique form of settlement where every element built comes to answer the demand of health and leisure of its visitors.They were designed as new Arcadias,an attempt to recreate the ideal city architects and artist dreamed of.

The Bath Café discussed a range of inter-related topics to stimulate debate concerning the future of Bath and other famous European spa towns. Do these places have the potential as model cities for urban living in the future with the health and well-being of its inhabitants and visitors underpinning all policy decisions?

The event was built around a series of short presentations on one of the many themes linking the unique qualities of our famous spa towns, made by writers and specialists in their fields. After each presentation a panel of local experts; the people responsible for managing and protecting the various aspects of Bath’s fabric, its offer and its image replied to the themes and relate them to their current roles when considering the future issues facing Bath and North East Somerset as a place to live, work and visit.

Artists, writers travelers, carnettistes, historians, videographers and high school students were invited to confront their views on these questions in this 3rd  Café of Europe.


The Bath Literature Festival welcome famous writers and creative minds to Bath to celebrate literature. In its seventeen year history, the Literature Festival has hosted Nobel and Booker Prize winners.

Inhabitants of the city of Bath are really attached to this festival, which events take place in historic buildings throughout the town.


Call to order by Master of Ceremonies, “Beau Nash”

Cllr Cherry Beath

Mayor of Bath

Giuseppe Bellandi

EHTTA President

1st Part

Speakers & Presentations

Amy Frost

Architectural Curator of the Bath Preservation Trust (Museum of Bath Architecture)

John Wood the Elder – Obsession

Gillian Clarke

Member of Avon Gardens Trust, and the Garden History Society.

The Prior Park Landscape

Susan Sloman

Art historian and researcher

Gainsborough in Bath

Christopher Woodward

art historian, Museum Director and writer

Gainsborough in Bath
2nd Part

The Expert Pannel

Stephen Bird

Head of Heritage Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council

David James

Chief Executive of Bath Tourism Plus

Tony Crouch

World Heritage Manager for Bath & North East Somerset Council

Tom Boden

General Manager, Bath Portfolio, National Trust

Belinda Kidd

Chief Executive of Bath Festivals

Peter Rollins

Marketing Director of Thermae Bath Spa

Rhodri Samuel

Managing Director, Craneworks Community Interest Company,

Paul Simons

EHTTA Scientific Comittee President. Architect. World Heritage consultant to B&NES


Travel Diaries - Photographs - Video

Andrew Lansley

Andrew is a landscape painter working exclusively with egg yolk and pigment on traditional grounds, either as egg tempera or watercolour. He was born in 1963 and educated at Kingswood School, Bath and later trained at Middlesex Polytechnic.

Winner of the 2016 Royal Watercolour Society Exhibitions Award, Andrew has exhibited at the Royal Academy in successive years, the Royal West of England Academy and numerous shows at the Mall Galleries. He is also an executive committee member of the Bath Society Of Artists, and responsible for the "WalkAndDraw Bath" tourist initiative.

Loiez Deniel

Video & Photo Artist

Loiez Déniel lives and works in Auvergne (and sometimes Istanbul). Video maker photographer artist, independent researcher in multimedia integration solutions and operational poetry, he is also president of the International Video Art Festival VIDEOFORMES.