Stained Glass at Victoria Baths
Victoria Baths was named "Manchester's Water Palace" when the Swimming Pool and Turkish Baths opened in 1906, with it stunning stained glass windows, tiles and mosaic floors amongst its features.
Built to provide washing and bathing facilities for local people, the Grade II* listed building is now wowing visitors from all around the world.
Photo: Mark Newton photography
Restoration work continues every year. One of our biggest sources of income towards running costs and maintenance is hiring the building out for events and location shoots (including Peaky Blinders and Cold Feet, to name but two). A key events space is the Sports Hall, which used to be the Males 2nd class pool. The first of the two big stained glass windows in there is being restored right now and we really need to repair and restore the other big window in there this year, making the whole space weather and water-tight for hundreds of years to come.
Manchester's SHE Choir singing in the Sports Hall at SpringFest 2018
How much will it cost?
We have £10,000 already in our Restoration Fund and the total cost to restore this window will be £20,000. So we urgently need to raise another £10,000 to complete this job in 2019.
One of seven restored Lilies windows in the Gala Pool
Join our restoration story
We know there are many, many people out there who really love Victoria Baths, as a community-led restoration project, a unique events space and a heritage building worth visiting over and again. Victoria Baths was saved by the people for the people. That's why we are asking you to give to this crowdfunding appeal. Now it's your turn to be a part of the amazing restoration story that is Victoria Baths.
And, just remember, you will be able to look up at your beautiful window every time you visit, and have a warm feeling knowing you were able to help restore it to its former glory.