Amazing Glazing - Stained Glass Restoration

by Victoria Baths in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 6th March 2019 we successfully raised £10,683 with 138 supporters in 27 days

We need to fully restore a huge stained glass window in the Sports Hall here, making it weather-tight again for hundreds of years to come.

by Victoria Baths in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

More new windows for Victoria Baths - then the Covid-19 crisis

Dear supporter, 

I wanted to let you know the good news that, as a result of your gift to last year's Amazing Glazing appeal, we've been able to complete another major piece of restoration work this winter: the restoration of two large stained glass windows in the Females Pool. The windows were removed in January, fully restored with new leading between the panes and replacement glass for where panes were missing or broken, then put back in place in brand new frames. Ready for another 100 years of Manchester weather!

So thank you again, your gift to the crowdfunder meant that we had more than we needed for the Windmill Window, which meant we could plan more stained glass work in for 2020. And thank you to the following individuals who made substantial gifts to ensure this work could happen this year: Jill Earnshaw, John Lucas and Mark Watson. 

Here's a photo of the new windows being installed, excuse the scaffolding and the netting (which is there to protect visitors should any small pieces of roof come down - that's the next big job!):

Covid-19 and Victoria Baths

And now for the bad news: Victoria Baths like all other heritage charities has been hit by a major loss of income since the onset of the Covid-19 crisis. We were almost ready to open for our first tours of the season on 1st April, when the Government advised people to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS. Our open season from April to October is when we bring in most of the income that helps us to run the building. The Trustees have been addressing the situation and have furloughed six staff to reduce costs, whilst also applying for grants and other funding. Two members of staff have reduced their hours, and three other part-time members of staff are keeping on top of the finances, event enquiries for as and when we re-open and keeping the building safe and secure. We've also set up an emergency crowdfunding appeal, Back the Baths

If you are able to support us once more, we would be very grateful for your donations to this appeal. We're offering some guided tours, Friends memberships, tote bags and tea towels as rewards, or you can just make a gift. From this Saturday, seven Manchester-based artists will be making their work available as rewards on the appeal page. If you can share the appeal page with friends and family, that would also be wonderful.   

Please stay safe and well. 

With best wishes from all at Victoria Baths, 

Gwyneth Brock

Fundraising and Marketing Officer

#backthebaths


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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Amazing Glazing Thank You

We will add your name to our Stained Glass website page, with a thank you for your support.

£15 or more

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Amazing Stained Glass Sportsmen Postcards

Set of six postcards featuring the stained glass windows of sportsmen (a golfer, runner, cricketer, footballer, wrestlers and boxers) at Victoria Baths.

£20 or more

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Amazing Postcards

Set of five high quality postcards (7"x 5") featuring some stunning pictures of Victoria Baths, including the Angel of Purity window and Morning, Noon and Night windows in the Turkish Baths Rest Room, the Turkish Baths Rest Room, the Gala Pool and the building front.

£25 or more

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Amazing Tour

We will give you free entry to one of our Wednesday afternoon guided tours in 2019 - just pick a date to suit you - and we will add your name to our website thank-you page. If you are already a Friend of Victoria Baths, we will give you a free tour for a friend.

£50 or more

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Amazing Tour for Two

We will give you and a friend free entry to one of our Wednesday afternoon guided tours in 2019 - just pick a date to suit you both - and we will add your name to our website thank-you page. If you are already a Friend of Victoria Baths, we will give you two tour places for friends.

£75 or more

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Amazing Night Out - Friday 9th August

An amazing night out for two at Victoria Baths on Friday 9th August 2019 - including two balcony seats for the Village Screen film show, a bottle of Prosecco and dinner for two from the StreetFood vendors. Films to be announced.

£75 or more

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Amazing Night Out - Saturday 10th August

An amazing night out for two at Victoria Baths on Saturday 10th August 2019 - including two balcony seats for the Village Screen film show, a bottle of Prosecco and dinner for two from the StreetFood vendors. Films to be announced.

£100 or more

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Amazing Friend

We will give you free Friends membership for 2019, we will invite you to an Amazing Glazing Tea Party to celebrate the completion of the restoration work and we will add your name to our website thank-you page. Benefits of Friends membership include free entry to our Open Days and guided tours, two printed newsletters a year, e-news and events, early access to tickets. If you are already a Friend of VB, you can give the membership to a friend.

£300 or more

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Amazing Private Swim

A private half-hour swim for up to ten people in our stunning Gala Pool at 10.15am on either 7th or 8th September. This is a unique, opportunity to have the pool to yourself with family or friends.

£1,000 or more

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Amazing Restoration Visit

We will arrange exclusive access for you to the Design Lights studio near Bolton to meet the team there and to see the restoration work in action, we will give you free Friends membership for 2019, we will add your name - or company name - to a donor board in the building, we will invite you to an Amazing Glazing Tea Party to celebrate the completed window. If you are already a Friend of VB, you can give the Friend membership to a friend.

£2,000 or more

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Amazing Private Tour and Afternoon Tea Party

We will give you a private guided tour of Victoria Baths for up to ten people, we will give you ten invites to an Amazing Glazing Tea Party to celebrate the completed restoration work, we will include your name - or company name - on a donor board in the building and we will add your name to our website thank-you page.

£10 or more

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Amazing Thank-you

We will add your name to our website thank-you page

£50 or more

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Amazing Art Battle tickets

A pair of tickets for Manchester's next Art Battle event at Victoria Baths - Saturday 13th April 7-11pm. And a free drink for you both at the bar. Full details here http://artbattle.co.uk/next-battle/

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