began as a short story referred to by Lord Byron as a “Pygmalion” tale of making a human. With encouragement from her husband, Mary Godwin (Shelley) decided to write a longer version of that nightmare pygmalion. At first it was believed that Mary wrote the full novel of her famous tale Frankenstein
during a spooky night telling stories with Lord Byron and her husband Percy Shelley. In 2016, however, it came to light that Mary had written much of the book two years previously while staying in Bath, home of the famous English Roman baths.
Outside of the famous Pump Room and Roman baths is the only surviving part of the print shop where Mary lodged in rooms upstairs. The area is now in use as an electricity substation after the shop’s demolishment in the 19th century. The celebratory plaque will be beside a trap-door hidden in the flagstones, as close as possible to where the living quarters of Mary Shelley once stood.
The plaque will be unveiled by an author of a recent study of Frankenstein, Christopher Frayling, who has been campaigning for a plaque for years.