The Roman Baths Foundation has been selected to take part in The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge 2018 – the UK’s largest online match funding campaign.
The Roman Baths Foundation is raising funds for Digital Explorers, a new and exciting learning resource that will use advanced technology to bring to life Roman culture and building methods. It will help school children, young people and community groups to walk in the footsteps of Roman builders as they explore and interact with in-situ Roman remains at the Roman Baths.
The Christmas Challenge 2018 will run from 12pm on Tuesday 27 November to 12pm on Tuesday 4 December, when donations to participating charities will be doubled.
The Roman Baths Foundation is aiming to raise £17,000. Between them, pledgers and The Big Give have already committed £8,500 to this project, meaning the Foundation needs to raise another £8,500 from public donations.
Digital Explorers will be used in the new Clore Learning Centre at the Roman Baths, due to open in 2020. Situated above the former Victorian spa laundry in Swallow Street, two new classrooms will enable the Roman Baths to develop formal and informal learning programmes, engaging a wide range of communities and audiences.
The Clore Learning Centre will be connected to the Roman Baths by an undercroft that passes through Roman remains beneath York Street. An underground Investigation Zone will provide hands-on access to Roman remains through facilitated learning sessions, and it is here that Digital Explorers will be used.
The Roman Baths Foundation is a charitable company set up to support conservation and education at the Roman Baths through fundraising and advocacy. Fundraising for the Archway Project is its first flagship project and the Foundation has already been instrumental in securing grant-aid of £528,000 towards it.
David Beeton, Chairman of the Roman Baths Foundation, said: “The Big Give is a wonderful opportunity to make one donation and double your impact. Digital Explorers will give school children and young people a unique 21st-century experience of Roman life.”
Visit the project page to donate and find out more about Digital Explorers https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/digitalexplorers