12 September 2020


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BRLSI is again delighted to be taking part in the annual Heritage Open Days' celebrations designed to shine a light on British heritage institutions and the wealth of offerings they bring. Though this year provides more of a challenge for museums and galleries than is usual, BRLSI are going digital and bringing the best of what we do to you online.

We bring you a series of films, a live lecture and interactive sessions via this page. Click on the link next to your event to access. 

Recordings will remain for the whole of Heritage Open Days Period and some beyond. 

Here we go!

Equatorial Rain Forests in Bath - A live virtual lecture at 2pm with Professor Maurice Tucker - Around 320 million years ago Bath was situated near the equator and the area was covered by hot and steamy swamps and dense forests. Find Out More!Tickets through Eventbrite

What on Earth is it? Wildlife identification session for families.

 Readings of two significant letters, a dialogue between Charles Darwin and his friend, Bath clergyman and naturalist, Leonard Jenyns just after the 1859 publication of ‘On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’. The letters epitomise the debate that ensued between those who held to traditional religious beliefs and those who embraced Darwin’s revolutionary theory of evolution.

 Getting Inside an Ichthyosaur's Skull- BRLSI present a video about how an exquisitely preserved Ichthyosaur skull of the genus Hauffiopteryx has been studied using modern scientific techniques.

 'Hidden Nature- Erosion Surfaces Hidden in Plain Sight' -PowerPoints for Geographers-

 Film of Show of Strength Theatre Company's Sheila Hannon celebrating the writing of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' in Bath.

 Setting up an exhibition:  #TakeFive - take a theme, find five objects, tell their story

 Videos celebrating life Behind the Scenes of a Museum.

BRLSI's exhibition Take 5 will be open on weekdays across Heritage Open Days fortnight and beyond and is free to all.

All this and much, much more!

All online activities are released on Saturday 12 September

All events are free but if you would like to donate to support BRLSI collections and program we would be grateful.



Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 local people and organizations, and thousands of volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.