Historic Royal Pump Room in Harrogate celebrates 175 years

The celebrations will also feature live jazz music, recreating the ambience of the Pump Room's heyday
The celebrations will also feature live jazz music, recreating the ambience of the Pump Room's heyday

One of Harrogate’s most celebrated spa buildings marks its 175th anniversary with a party tomorrow (Friday).

The Octagonal Room, at Harrogate’s Royal Pump Room Museum, was built in 1842 and formed part of a building designed to house the strongest sulphur well in Europe. In 1913 an extension was opened, and the building became a museum in 1951. The building was last updated in 1987.

Visitors to the museum tomorrow between 10.30am and noon will be able to learn more about the history of the famous room, the latest news about redevelopment plans for the museum, and be the first to take a special new well tour featuring the science behind the sulphur.

Funded by the British Society for the History of Science, Matt Holmes from the University of Leeds has been working at the Royal Pump Room museum as a scientist in residence over the last few months. Matt has been examining the specific content of the water and the different ways in which it has been considered to act as a cure since the wells were first discovered.

The celebrations will also feature live jazz music from two musicians who will recreate the ambience of the Pump Room’s heyday.

In May of this year the council announced an investment of £150,000 towards the refurbishment of the Royal Pump Room Museum, as well as plans to look for further funding from external organisations to improve the visitor experience at the museum.

Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Councillor Stanley Lumley, said: “Harrogate owes its development from a small 14th century hamlet to the thriving 21st century town it is today to the special wells and the spa buildings built to cater for the visitors who flocked to the town to take the waters.It’s fitting that, as we celebrate 175 years of one of its most famous buildings, we are looking forward to developments which will ensure its future importance to the town.”