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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...

Selling the King?

During 1919-21, when we were broke, we started selling off parts of our collections, including a portrait of James II which went to The Crown!

Curatorial Curiosities

Cave bear canine

Cave bear canine: Ursus spelaeus was a common European bear during the ice ages, it was at least equivalent in size to the largest of modern bears, the Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) and Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi), if not larger. Their remains are found most commonly in caves, and this specimen was found in Wookey Hole in the Mendips, Somerset.