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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...

Shakespeare ...

In our coins and medallions collection, the earliest medallion is from 1796.This shows a portrait bust of Shakespeare with inscription "JUBILEE AT STRATFORD IN HONOUR AND TO THE MEMORY OF SHAKESPEARE SEPT 1769 D.G. STEWARD"

Curatorial Curiosities

Mammoth Milk Molar

This milk tooth from a Wooley Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) was found in Wookey Hole, Somerset. The mamoth, like its close relatives the extant elephants, had four molars. As the front pair wore down and droped out in pieces, the back pair shifted forward, with two new molars emerging in the back of the mouth. Elephants replace their teeth six times.