‘Amazing glazing’ campaign for Manchester’s Victoria Baths

26th February, 2019

A crowd funder campaign aims to raise £10,000 to revive a six-metre high Edwardian stained-glass window, as part of Manchester’s Victoria Baths’ ongoing restoration project. 

Amy Lewis, of Victoria Baths Trust, described the site as “one of the most iconic buildings in Manchester” and said: “The work to restore this window has now become urgent, which is why we are asking for an extra helping hand.”

The ‘Windmill Window’ includes hundreds of panes of different coloured and textured stained glass. It is positioned in the Sports Hall (previously the Males 2nd class pool) and is one of over 100 stained-glass windows in the Grade II* listed building.

Repairing the window will help weatherproof the building and move the project a step closer to its goal of reopening at least one swimming pool for public use.

The municipal baths, known as ‘Manchester’s Water Palace’, were built in the early 1900s but have been closed since 1993. Since then Victoria Baths Trust has been working to bring the pools back into use. The site is now a heritage visitor attraction and available for hire as an events space and filming location.

John Lucas, a long-term supporter, said: “I’d recommend that everyone who loves Victoria Baths gets involved with this crowd funder: you’ll really enjoy helping to restore one of Manchester’s landmark heritage buildings. And ‘your’ window will be here for you and others to enjoy for many years to come.”

To support Victoria Baths’ ‘Amazing Glazing’ Crowdfunder visit: crowdfunder.co.uk/amazing-glazing  Pledges can be made until 12pm on Wednesday 6 March 2019.

For further details on Victoria Baths’ events programme for 2019 and guided Building Tours www.victoriabaths.org.uk

Liz Lowe

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