As part of Bath Medical Museum’s new Digital Curation Strategy, we are curating a web-based virtual model of the former Royal Mineral Water Hospital building, affectionately known as the Min. The 3D model will serve as a living record of the buildings life as a hospital. Over time we’ll populate it with sound and visual content relating to the Min’s historic features, artwork and object collections, as well as memories and experiences of its staff and patients.
In 2019, during the last year of the building’s operation as a working hospital, a 3D digital scan of the Royal Mineral Water Hospital building was completed by volunteers assisted by Amanda Pacey, Matron of the RNHRD. This includes parts of both the original Georgian building and the late-Victorian extension. The scan has been turned into a 3D digital model of the building which can be navigated by the viewer. This was stage one, which you can view via the portal below.
Work now continues to evolve the model further. It will be populated with pop-up content related to the building’s history and its operation as a hospital, including film interviews with relevant staff and patients. This content will be complemented by a digital recreation of the 1742 hospital operation and the late-Victorian hospital operation with content layered over the same model. These are stages two and three. For now, we hope you enjoy navigating around the existing digital model but remember to visit this page regularly to see it updated with new content.
Help Us Build the Min Model
Work continues to populate The Min Model with videoed interviews of staff, patients, supporters and interested members of the public. We have already completed over 40 short 3 minute films, including comments by The Mayor of Bath, The Chair of the RUH Trust, The Chair of B&NES Council, doctors, nurses, therapists, support staff, researchers, experts from the fields of architecture, heritage, the history of the Spa waters, members of the public and patients, past and present from a wide variety of departments.
We are looking for more volunteers to include camera operators, editors, researchers, archivists and writers as well as more people who are willing to be interviewed as we are continue with development of The Min Model project by creating a digital model of the original hospital using John Wood’s 1742 plans and the “resurrection” of Dr Oliver, his colleagues and patients in various dramatic vignettes. For this we will need volunteer actors too.
If you’d like to get involved, please email us to let us know.