Heritage campaigner, Gill Wright, who fought tirelessly to revive Manchester’s Edwardian Victoria Baths has sadly died aged 62.
Gill campaigned for buildings around the Ellesmere Port canal basin to be brought back into use (they were eventually reborn as the Ellesmere Port boat museum) and was the founder of the Historic Pools of Britain campaign in 2015. She devoted the last 25 years of her life to trying to bring Victoria Baths back into public use.
Victoria Baths was was voted the nation’s favourite heritage project in the 2003 BBC TV series Restoration and the £3.5m prize helped pay for partial renovation.
Though Gill's dream was always for swimming to return to Victoria Baths, the building currently 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. In recent years it has appeared in Peaky Blinders and Cold Feet as well as the Channel 4 Aids drama It’s a Sin.
You can read more about Gill's life in her obituary in The Guardian here.
You can find out more about Victoria Baths here.