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    Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre, more affectionately know as ‘ Coventry Baths,’ is closing for good this Autumn. This special building, opened in 1966 was one of the first modern swimming pools in the country; its huge glazed exterior was hailed as a ‘cathedral of light.’

    For Coventry City of Culture 2021, artist Emma Critchley is creating an underwater film project to celebrate the legacy of Coventry Baths, before it closes. Both the music and choreography of the underwater performance will be made in response to memories and stories collected from the diverse users of the pool since it opened in 1966.

    The interviews will also become part of the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum’s archive.

    Emma and her team are looking for Coventry people who can share their memories and stories of Coventry Baths - from its opening up to the present day. Whatever your connection, they want to hear from you - Early bird swimmers, competitive swimmers, divers, life guards, receptionists and maintenance staff

    The first interviews are starting very shortly and will take place at Coventry Baths. If you, or someone you know, has a story to tell, please get in touch and share it with the City.

    The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and the City of Culture 2021 Great Places project through the City of Culture Trust.

    Contact: Anne Forgan, Oral History Producer covbaths@gmail.com