Co-curated, written, and designed by Jude Harris and Matt Williams
■ Research: Jude Harris
■ Digitisation and web-design: Matt Williams
■ Additional artwork: Jessica Palmer commissioned through Forest of Imagination
■ Proofreading: Rosemarie Davies
■ Additional photography: Brian Godwin
BRLSI Collections would like to thank the following people and organisations for their help with this exhibition:
■ The directors and staff of Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
■ The front desk volunteers and BRLSI staff whose commitment enables us to keep this free exhibition open
■ Penny Hay and Forest of Imagination, Nick Holland and Jason Stickley of N3 Graphics, Jay from Warhammer Bath, Steve Gumm and St Keyna’s School, Keynsham
■ Evelyn Lewis for her work with the BRLSI Adopt-a-Book scheme. Books in this exhibition have been conserved thanks to those who have contributed to the scheme, and without their generosity we would not be able to put these books on display. Please contact us if you are interested in helping.
The following people and organisations generously made photographs available via Creative Commons licences:
Gerald England, Maigheach-ghealon, and William on Geograph; Göteborgs Stadsmuseum Sweden, British Library, Palazzo Farnese Rome, Sodacan, and Nford1987 on Wikimedia Commons; Sweet-Tooth Cakes and Cupcakes, Joe Haupt, Charles Rodstrom, and Yosuke Muroya on Flickr; A virgin and a unicorn: Wellcome Collection; An elephant, a dragon, a reptile, a rhinoceros, a goat, ibex, camel and giraffe: Wellcome Collection; Chimera: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California; Olaus Magnus map: National Library of Sweden; Snakestone: James St John via Flickr; Merman: No. NH.82.5.223, Horniman Museum and Gardens; Herakles and the Lernian Hydra pot: (PDM 1.0) Kind permission Trustees British Museum; Six different species of serpents, including pythons and cobras, killing their prey, cattle, by strangulation; Wellcome Collection; Moa and eagle image: John Megahan; Richard Owen and skeleton of the Dinornis maximus: Wellcome Collection; Bronze figure of a griffin, Roman: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden; Initial S: A Griffin and Rider, about 1240–1250, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Griffin and Prey: National Library of the Netherlands; A Weasel Combating a Basilisk, from the Ashmole Bestiary: Bodleian Library Oxford; Cockerel: courtesy Wellcome Trust; The Basel cockatrice: Marcus Gheeraerts I; Crocodile image: miniformat65 on Pixabay; Stella’s Sea Cow: www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/51560; The Caravel of Columbus: courtesy Wellcome Trust; Varanus Priscus Casliber: Public domain,Melbourne Museum; Elephant and Dragon: copyright The Trustees of British Museum; Spinophorosaurus sauropod dinosaur excavation: UNED Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. Uploaded by FunkMonk.