New Project Award

York based Museum and Heritage Designers, PLB Projects is delighted to have been appointed by Bath Preservation Trust to provide interpretation and design services for No. 1 Royal Crescent. The project will build on the huge current interest in the Georgian period and Bath’s historical and architectural significance.

No.1 Royal Crescent exterior, Bath

Claire Dixon, Director of Museums and Deputy Chief Executive said “the pandemic has been devastating for so many and museums have really struggled to recover.  Thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a Cultural Recovery Grant, we are excited about reimagining our visitor experience. PLB understood from the start our vision for this unique place and the stories it should be telling, sharing our commitment to provide something for everyone”

The Royal Crescent is a wonderful example of Georgian elegance, one of Bath’s most iconic architectural landmarks and has been seen on screens numerous times, probably most recently in Netflix’s hit drama Bridgerton. No1, as it name suggests, was the first building of the Royal Crescent which was built between 1767 and 1774 and provided accommodation for the ‘Ton’ when they came to partake in the social events of the Bath Season.

No.1 Royal Crescent Withdrawing Room, Bath

The new interpretation will be based around how a Georgian Bath town house was both staffed and inhabited and will create a feeling of immersing yourself into the period, including overheard conversations of business, war and gossip! It will explore many aspects of life in the city during the Georgian Era, including the Transatlantic Slave Trade that created the profits used to build much of Georgian Bath.


No.1 Royal Crescent Kitchen, Bath

Due to current pandemic restrictions the model for opening the house to the public has been adapted to provide safe exploration for small self-guided tours around the house.

We feel privileged to support Bath Preservation Trust on this step-change for future visitor engagement within this internationally significant site” said Jamie McCall, PLB’s Creative Director.


Photographs courtesy of No. 1 Royal Crescent, Bath