An interactive web-based artwork commissioned by the Transition art programme at Victoria Baths in Manchester.
Project website

In order to research for Bath Time, Harrison spent two weeks in residence at the baths from 5 – 18 June 2004. There she spent time exploring the building and delving into the archives held at the baths office.

Bath Time brings to life facts and figures about Victoria Baths and its history. You can check the time on the Cubicle Clock made from the numbers on the baths’ old changing cubicles. You can access the Victoria Baths memory archive using the random memory generator. And calculate how old you are to the nearest second and find out how long Victoria Baths had been open for when you were born, amongst many other things.

Channel Swimming Challenge

As well as producing Bath Time, Harrison also worked on two additional projects for Transition. The first is an ongoing community project called the Channel Swimming Challenge, which is open to anyone around the world to take part in. The goal is to swim the 34 kilometre distance across the English Channel, by recording and adding together the number of lengths you swim at your local pool.

A special Channel Swimming Challenge Logbook was published to coincide with the launch of Bath Time. It features everything you need to know to get started with your challenge plus plenty of room to log all your swims.

Once you have completed your Challenge, you can return the Logbook to be stamped and have your name and challenge details added to the Channel Swimming Challenge Hall of Fame. Please do not send any completed Logbooks to the old PO Box address printed in the Logbook. Please email the address below for the current postal address.

The final project Harrison completed for Transition was the Victoria Baths Challenge – a multi-curricular workshop for local primary school children. The workshop took place on 30 June 2004 with 24 children from Plymouth Grove Primary School in Manchester.

Bath Time and the Channel Swimming Challenge were officially launched on 3 September 2004 as part of the exhibition For the Time Being: A Promise of Progress, which took place at Victoria Baths and also featured new work by Tod Hanson, Lizzie Hughes, Joanna Karolini, Claudia Pilsl and Humberto Vélez.

Bath Time (2004)