Photo: Aidan O'Rourke
The Gill Wright Memorial Fund
Gill Wright was a remarkable woman. Her commitment to the restoration of Victoria Baths began after the Baths’ closure in 1993 and continued until her retirement in 2020.
Gill oversaw Victoria Baths’ win on the BBC’s 2003 Restoration programme, with a resounding public vote. She project-managed our most significant restoration projects, including the front section of the building, the Gala Pool roof and the stained glass windows. She encouraged artists into the building to take inspiration from the architecture, décor, atmosphere, and history. Gill was a knowledgeable Tour Guide, leading groups around the building with enthusiasm and encouraging them to become involved by joining the Friends or volunteering at the Baths. She also played an active role in the Victoria Baths History Group, spending many an afternoon archiving documents, photographs and artefacts and researching swimmers and other people associated with the Baths. Gill never stopped fundraising.
Gill was diagnosed with cancer in early 2020 and, after a period of treatment, she entered a hospice and died in March 2021. Gill is sadly missed by many, many people, including her friends and colleagues at Victoria Baths and the wider world of historic pools and lidos.
In memory of Gill
We have given very careful consideration to how best to mark Gill’s considerable contribution to Victoria Baths, whilst taking into account the wishes of her family. We have established a new Fund at Victoria Baths Trust in Gill’s name, as a continuing memorial to her. The Gill Wright Memorial Fund is now accepting donations in her memory and is restricted for use for activities and projects at Victoria Baths which were close to Gill’s heart, these are:
Restoration, Community Arts and History
Suitable projects for the Fund’s support will be approved by the Victoria Baths Trust Board.
How to give
You can download a donation form through the Links at the bottom of this page and send us the completed form with your payment (cheque, bank transfer, standing order or credit card) at any time. You can download a full information sheet too. If you have any questions please ring 0161 224 2020 and ask for Gwyneth Brock, our Engagement Manager or email email@example.com
Thank you to all those who have supported the new Fund
Including Lynette Cawthra, Nan Collantine, Jennifer Dowson, Nicola Hayek, George Kinder, Malcolm Shifrin, Helen Steyne and all those donors who prefer to remain anonymous.
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.