Victorian Turkish Baths,
is the first ever to be written on the subject, and was commissioned
in 2011 by Historic England (formerly part of English Heritage). It was published
in November 2015 and from February 2016 is being distributed in North
America by the University of Chicago Press. Full details can be found
The book is available at a range of prices online at
Amazon Marketplace and elsewhere.
Malcolm was a librarian for most of his working life. His first ten years were spent as a school librarian and, after a brief spell as a children's librarian in the public library service, he joined the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) in 1970.
At that time the ILEA was starting its innovative Media Resources Centre and Malcolm was appointed its first Deputy Librarian and, soon afterwards, its Librarian. He continued with the authority until, as Head of its Central Library Resources Service, he took early retirement in 1985. As a librarian, he was most active in the fields of audiovisual materials and cataloguing, writing a textbook on the former and a research project for the Council of Europe on the latter.
In Bath in 1990, he happened to notice
a decorated initial B on a stained glass door panel in a health club which had once been a
Turkish bath. This was his introduction to the strange world of Charles Bartholomew who (falsely) claimed to have built the first modern Turkish bath in England. Finding that no one else had made a study of the Victorian Turkish bath, he determined that this was how he would spend his retirement.
Needing guidance in the ways of historians, he completed an MA in modern history at Royal Holloway University of London in 1996/7.á
Since 1995 he has undertaken a number of
activities related to the website,
in order to raise awareness of the fascinating history of the Victorian
Turkish bath. These activities include presenting conference papers,
giving talks to local groups, and writing popular magazine articles.