This is the first in what we hope will be a series of videos about the history of Leamington, celebrating the town’s rich history, engaging with other groups across the community in the process of story-telling, and helping share the knowledge of our local historians with new and diverse audiences – including residents of the town, tourists and school students.

It tells the story of Leamington’s transformation from a small village to a thriving spa town in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the origins of Leamington’s spa industry, the creation of the Pump Rooms and the demise of the original baths in Old Town.

This has been a collaborative process between Leamington History Group, local film-maker Mark Ellis, Leamington Spa Museum & Art Gallery, students and staff from Myton School and Alan Gill – actor and director of the Teatro theatre school.

Our current plan is to produce at least a further five films over the next year. To achieve this, however, we will need external funding and support. If you are able to help, or have any suggestions either for sources of funding or for subjects for subsequent films, please get in touch with Mark Ellis (mark@postmastermedia.co.uk) or Margaret Rushton, Secretary of Leamington History Group (rushtonmm1860@gmail.com).

Curious to know more?

Here are some links to articles on this site discussing in more detail subjects covered in the video:

Beech Lawn, Home of Dr Jephson

Nineteenth Century Slums in Leamington Spa