Display Saturday, 20 July 2019 – Sunday, 19 April 2020

Into the Blue - the origin and revival of pools, swimming baths and lidos

Historic pools are undergoing restoration and architects are designing inventive new places to swim.

  • Saturday, 20 July 2019 – Sunday, 19 April 2020

  • Architecture, Room 127 & 128a

  • Free event

Into the Blue - the origin and revival of pools, swimming baths and lidos photo

Swimming is making a splash once again! This display explores the architectural, cultural and social history of indoor and outdoor swimming baths and pools in the United Kingdom. Featuring drawings, models, photographs and film footage, Into the Blue reveals the architectural setting of swimming and bathing from Roman springs and Victorian bathhouses to contemporary swimming spaces.

Image: Saltdean Lido, East Sussex, by RWH Jones, 1938. Photographed by John Maltby
©John Maltby / RIBA Collections