We are desperately sad to announce the death of our friend and former colleague Gill Wright. Gill died peacefully on Wednesday morning 3rd March 2021 after a short illness with cancer. We will miss her so very much.
Gill was instrumental in the restoration and development of Victoria Baths for over twenty years, first as a volunteer, then as an employee. Passion and dedication barely describe Gill’s commitment to the cause of this beautiful building and the history and people it represents. She was involved in every aspect of the project, from fundraising to managing restoration and building projects, establishing the History Group, archiving, supporting the arts programme and leading tours of the building. Quiet and modest, Gill never sought attention, but she truly deserved her place in the “Top 50 Great Northerners” list in 2018.
Gill also championed the cause of other historic swimming pools and lidos through her work with Historic Pools of Britain, knowing what precious and beautiful community assets they are.
There is so much more to say in tribute to Gill and in due course we will mark our collective sorrow and our memories of the leading contribution she made. But for now, we simply want to send our deepest condolences to Gill’s family and friends.
All the team at Victoria Baths
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.