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Gill Wright

Photo: Aidan O'Rourke


Remembering Gill

A Celebration on Wednesday 15th September 2021 starting at 7.15pm

We are gathering to remember Gill Wright and celebrate her work and achievements here. She worked tirelessly for over 20 years to improve and restore the building so that future generations can enjoy it. Gill died earlier this year and we want to provide an occasion where everyone who knew her, and those who didn't but admire her work, can get together to share memories and hear about what she did for Victoria Baths. We all miss her very much. 

For more information about this event or to let us know you'd like to attend please email . All welcome.  


Finance Manager (permanent position)

Salary              £18,271  (pro-rata of £30,451)

Part Time         21 hours (3 days) per week

We're looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Finance Manager to join our small and friendly team of 10 staffstarting as soon as possible. You will need to have practical experience of the financial requirements of a charity, and preferably an accountancy background/qualifications.

The role holder is responsible for managing all of our finances, plus supporting strategic management, financial planning and funding activities.

The position covers comprehensive and specialist financial tasks including bookkeeping, Gift Aid, VAT Returns, payroll, cashflow, budgets and management accounts, and includes managing at least one person. Some remote working is possible.

You will need to have a thorough understanding and working knowledge of QuickBooks (or similar) and Excel, plus very good organisational, problem solving and communication skills, with the ability to set up and maintain accurate office finance systems.

The job description, person specification and application form are available to download below, including details of how to apply:

We reserve the right to close applications early if we receive a high volume

Victoria Baths Today

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 the National Lottery Heritage Fund as a result of us winning the BBC's Restoration programme in 2003.

The building operates as an events space and heritage attraction with 30,000 visitors each year coming for beer festivals, art exhibitions, music events, vintage fairs, cinema nights and much more.  

See Our Story for the major restoration work we have completed since 2002. Images here show more recent work, restoring our beautiful stained glass windows.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I swim at Victoria Baths?

    It is not possible to swim at Victoria Baths now, but it is the aim of the Trust to fully restore the building and bring at least one swimming pool back into public use.
  • When will the baths re-open as a functional public pool?

    We can't yet be sure of the timescale for re-opening the pool. It is a huge challenge, not simply because of the large amount of capital required to restore the pool to working order but also because an operating pool will almost certainly require ongoing public subsidy.
  • Where is Victoria Baths?

    Victoria Baths is on Hathersage Road which is a couple of miles south of Mancheser City Centre in an area called Chorlton-on-Medlock. It is in the ward of Ardwick but also close to Longsight and to Rusholme, famous for its Curry Mile. Manchester Royal Infirmary is nearby and the Universities quite close too.
  • Can I hire Victoria Baths for an event?

    Yes, it is quite possible to hire Victoria Baths. Check out our Venue Hire pages for more information
  • When did the baths close?

    Victoria Baths closed on 13th March 1993. It was boarded up and little was done to the building for a number of years though the Friends ensured the building wasn't totally neglected or forgotten. Every year there was at least one open day and the Friends carried out lots of clearing and cleaning work long before actual restoration work was carried out.
  • When is Victoria Baths open?

    Public events at Victoria Baths take place from April to October each year with the last Open Day being the first Sunday in November. The building is unheated so it is not practical to hold public events in the colder months though we still faciltiate some private hires then.
  • How has the restoration been funded?

    There has been over £5m spent on the restoration of Victoria Baths so far. The largest amount - £3m - has come from Heritage Lottery Fund as a result of the Restoration win in 2003. English Heritage have also provided several large grants including the first capital grant for work to the building in 2002. Many other grant giving bodies have made contributions and the public have raised over half a million pounds towards the restoration work too - through the viewer vote on Restoration and by contributions to the Trust's Building Fund.
  • Who owns Victoria Baths

    Victoria Baths is owned by Manchester City Council. It is managed on their behalf by the Victoria Baths Trust.
  • Has Victoria Baths been used for TV filming?

    Yes - Victoria Baths has been used many times for filming TV dramas. Scenes for Cracker and Prime Suspect 5 were filmed here in the 1990's and recent programmes have included Life on Mars, the Antiques Road Show, Floggit, Bedlam, Eric and Ernie and many more....

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