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Saltdean Lido, East Sussex, by RWH Jones, 1938. John Maltby / RIBA Collections
Exhibitions

Into the Blue: the origin and revival of pools, swimming baths and lidos

Historic pools are undergoing restoration and architects are designing inventive new places to swim. This display explores the architectural, cultural and social history of indoor and outdoor swimming baths and pools in the United Kingdom.

Swimming is making a splash once again! This display explores the architectural, cultural and social history of indoor and outdoor swimming baths and pools in the United Kingdom.

Featuring drawings, models, photographs and film footage, Into the Blue reveals the architectural setting of swimming and bathing from Roman springs and Victorian bathhouses to contemporary swimming spaces.

Read our introduction to Into the Blue, where we explore the five themes the exhibition covers.