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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

Middle Palaeolithic Hand Axe

Middle Palaeolithic Hand Axe: The flat-ended profile of this axe, found in Farnham, Surrey, is very characteristic of Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis) craftsmanship of this period of the Middle Palaeolithic (25,000-40,000 BP). At one Neanderthal site in East Anglia a similar handaxe was found lodged in a Wooly Mammoth's tusk.