Historic Pools of Britain – January News

A virtual get together

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first event of the year – getting together virtually in January is something we’ve done over the last couple of years and seems to be working well as a way of catching up and kick starting actions. It’s clear there are challenges out there, but it was great to hear of plans coming together and historic pools taking to the world stage. For those who missed it, read on and we’ll share more on Broomhill Pools news and here is a little taster of what’s been happening at Victoria Baths – when Chanel came knocking for its annual Métiers d’Art show.

Broomhill Pool Trust takes a momentous step forward

The announcement from Broomhill Pool Trust was just the news that everyone needed to lift January spirits, with a funding package secured that unlocks the restoration plans for the lido, which was built in 1938. Such a step has been necessary following the impact of the Covid pandemic, which halted plans that were in place and saw costs escalate. Now thanks to a funding partnership between Ipswich Borough Council, Fusion Lifestyle and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, work can commence in bringing back Broomhill Pool to its former glory.

Part of the Modernist movement, Broomhill Pool is a community asset and nationally significant lido. When the Grade II listed lido was closed in 2002 a friends group immediately formed, which followed with the establishment of the Trust in 2003 that has been leading the charge towards restoration ever since. With all systems go this means that Broomhill Pool could be set to reopen in 2026 and you can be sure that HPB will be playing a role in the celebrations.

Saltdean Lido sees its name in lights once again

There is more Modernist magic in the air over in Brighton. Saltdean Lido’s name is once again up in lights with a reproduction of the original signage unveiled; the original was created 84 years ago and was taken down during World War II to avoid being spotted by German aircrafts.

As Chair of Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (SLCIC) Deryck Chester says, “For me, it’s very evocative of the 1930s and it was designed to give people the experience of stepping on board an ocean liner.” What a sight to behold once more!

The light switching on has taken even greater significance, being a reminder that the project is now on its final hurdle. Following work on the café, gym and library the building will be ready for a grand opening in the coming months.

Restorative work underway at Bramley Baths

Ever a hive of activity, Bramley Baths currently has a programme of restorative work taking place to the west gable end of the building. All of the work to the Edwardian building is taking place in consultation with Leeds City Council’s conservation office. There will be minimal disruption to day to day operations, with swim classes, gym classes, synchronised swimming and more. Great to see this historic gem getting the TLC that it deserves.


  • Original Article: Historic Pools of Britain Newsletter
  • Date: January 2024