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Information at BRLSI

The Bath Literary and Scientific Institution (the 'Royal' part came later) was founded in 1824, but was a direct descendant of Bath societies going back to the 1770s. Our first home was a purpose-built building near Bath Abbey which made way for a 20th-Century road scheme, and we now live in Queen Square, on a site originally the home of Dr William Oliver, inventor of the Bath Oliver biscuit and a key figure in Bath's early 18th-Century development.

Volunteers

VolunteersVolunteers

BRLSI welcomes volunteers with a variety of different skills and interests.

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Staff

BRLSI Staff

As well as the volunteers, the BRLSI has a small team of paid staff who work full time in the admin office. 

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Adopt-a-Book

Adopt-a-Book scheme

BRLSI relies on members' and visitors' financial support to help conserve and restore its historic library.

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Contact Us

Contact Us

You can contact the BRLSI in several different ways - phone, mail, email, Facebook, Twitter

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History

History of the BRLSI

The Bath Literary and Scientific Institution (the 'Royal' part came later) was founded in 1824, but was a direct descendant of Bath societies going back to the 1770s.

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Did you know...

Wine seller.

In our original building, next to Parade Gardens, the vaults were rented out to a wine merchant.

Curatorial Curiosities

6-shot percussion pepperbox revolver Clough & Son of Bath

Early six-shooter:This six shot percussion pepperbox revolver was made by Clough & Son of Bath (who were based on Southgate Street), c.1850. It has a fluted barrel block with six numbered chambers, each stamped with London proof marks. The rounded frame, chequered walnut 1-piece grip, and blueing (passivation) of the steel, are all testament to the fine craftsmanship of this piece.