Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

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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

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
16-18 Queen Square

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01225 312 084


01225 442460

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