'…we were aware of the importance of the baths largely due to your excellent website, and my field team have been clutching a print-out of Potter's plan throughout the duration of the excavation!' (Ian Miller, Senior Project Manager, Oxford Archaeology North, referring to William Potter's baths in Clifford Street, the site of Manchester University's new National Graphene Institute)
amazing Victorian Turkish Baths website will tell you about Ironmonger
Row and more historic and surviving Turkish baths in the UK than you
could ever imagine.(Municipal
baths were a feature of many Victorian towns. This long-established and
highly regarded site is a key resource. (Arnold
Local History Group)
you’re at all interested in the real history of the British ‘Turkish
Bath’ please visit Malcolm Shifrin’s immense and detailed site Victorian
Turkish Baths: Their origin, development and gradual decline. There is
a detailed plan of the Northumberland Avenue baths frequented by Holmes
& Watson, and mountains of excellent articles. It’s an amazing resource,
which the creator provides totally free. Good egg! (http://elina-elsu.tumblr.com)
'…a fabulous and extensive website…'
(Tom Crook, Editor,
Sanitary reform in Victorian Britain. Vol.5)
'We may not be so lucky as to experience an actual Turkish bath at home, but if you need to warm those bones on these cold winter nights I suggest virtually plunging in to victorianturkishbath.org' (Charlotte Hopkins, Information Officer, Prints and Maps Section, Guildhall Library)
Man, that's what makes the internet great. (Posted on
The Restaurant Ware Collectors Network)
'… has a message on its home page which says ‘Come in from the cold’ which you click to enter the main site. I visited Malcolm Shifrin’s wonderful website on a very cold December day and began to feel warmer immediately.' (localhistoryonline webwatch)
‘Everything and more than you might conceivably want to know about Victorian and other Turkish baths is on this site.’
'This Web site is a fun and educational resource on Turkish baths.' (Muncie Public Library, Indiana)
'This writer has found invaluable a web site set up by Malcolm Shifrin in the United Kingdom…which contains an ever increasing body of information on the Turkish Bath.' (Mt Wilson & Mt Irvine Historical Society, Australia)
'Being directed to the victorianturkishbath website has proved a revelation to us…' (The Oxfordshire Museum)
'Malcolm Shifrin is a Turkish-bath maven who, on his extraordinary website notes that “it is the dryness of the air which distinguishes the Victorian Turkish bath from other related types…” ' (Robert Liebman, on Reuter's City Page)
'A mine of information and the creator of one of the finest websites around...' (Ronan Foley,
'This very well-organized site has pretty much everything you every wanted to know about Victorian Turkish Baths.' (Victorian Studies Forum, University of Florida)
'The development and evolution of the Victorian Turkish bath is brilliantly documented by Malcolm Shifrin' (Oliver Wainwright, Architecture and design critic,
'…in particular, this website has intrigued me for a couple of years' (Miranda Phipps)
'a leading resource in this area.'
'Malcolm Shifrin's website…was splendidly helpful'
'…an extensive account of the origins of the Turkish bath in Britain.'
'well-researched look at a little-remembered feature of life during that time' (Jess Nevins, Fantastic Victoriana)
'innovative website on Victorian Turkish baths' (Victorian Studies Bulletin, Northeast Victorian Studies Association)
'Malcolm Shifrin's wonderful website' (Ferdinand Mount
'Malcolm Shifrin has created a remarkable collection of history, information, and illustration of the Turkish bath in Great Britain and the elaborate etiquette that goes along with the ritual of the hammam.' (Equitteer, Boston, Mass)
'Malcolm Shifrin has a peerless site on the topic of Turkish baths'
'A meticulously researched and very rich site on Victorian Turkish Baths.'
'Just take a peek inside his website and we don’t think you will be disappointed.' (Clio Publishing)
This panel last updated
28 December 2016