Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
16-18 Queen Square

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014




01225 312 084


01225 442460

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The Institution was founded in 1824 with the aim of furthering "the advancement of literature, science and art". It received its Royal Charter in 1837 and rapidly acquired a prestigious reputation, particularly in scientific circles.
The Institution had amongst its members pioneers who amassed collections of international importance. Geology, natural history and ethnology are particularly well represented.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Association or society

Opening hours

Daily 1100 - 1600

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • Erasmus Darwin
  • John Evelyn
  • John Gerard
  • Thomas Johnston
  • Thomas Martyn
  • John Ray
  • Agassiz
  • Bonnet
  • Cuvier
  • De Candolle
  • Elias Fries
  • Lamarck
  • Linnaeus
  • House of Commons and House of Lords Journals
  • reprints of Domesday Book
  • Rotuli Hundredorum
  • Valor Ecclesiasticus
  • reports of the Poor Law and Health of Towns Commissioners
  • Woodfall's and Hansard's 'Parliamentary Debates'
  • William Cobbett's 'State Trials'
  • early calotypes by Francis Lockey
  • Leonard Jenyns correspondance with Charles Darwin, William Jackson Hooker, Joseph Dalton Hooker and John Stephens Henslow
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Heritage Open Days 2014: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

  • 13 September 2014

No 16-18 Queens Square was originally three townhouses designed by John Pinch the younger and built in the 1830s. It is Neo-Grecian with giant fluted engaged Ionic columns. It has been the home of Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution since the early 1930s. We have collections of books, fossils, plants, geological specimens and many artefacts which are used for research, education and exhibitions. There are four Vasalli ceiling paintings from Fonthill Abbey in the Elwyn room, a cast of a dinosaur in the Lonsdale Room and 'Jurasic Ark' exhibition of fossils from an ancient Somerset site.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.