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For a 4 year period between 2015 and 2019 I was a volunteer trustee on the board of the Victoria Baths Trust which is a registered charity aiming to fully restore this wonderful Edwardian building to public use.
This is a photo I took looking down at one of the 3 magnificent swimming pools in the building.
Victoria Baths has been partially restored, thanks to £5m in total which has been raised from a number of sources, by far the biggest being a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund which came to Victoria Baths as a result of winning BBC's Restoration programme in 2003.
The building operates as a heritage visitor attraction and events venue with around 30,000 visitors each year. But this is just the start of the restoration journey. The Trust's vision is to fully restore the building, bringing public leisure facilties back into use, starting with the Turkish Baths.
The long-term aim is to have public swimming at Victoria Baths.
When it opened in 1906, Victoria Baths was described as "the most splendid municipal bathing institution in the country" and "a water palace of which every citizen of Manchester can be proud." Not only did the building provide spacious and extensive facilities for swimming, bathing and leisure, it was built of the highest quality materials with many period decorative features:- stained glass, terracotta, tiles and mosaic floors.
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