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Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution BRLSI

16 - 18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN

Type:Exhibition Centre

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Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution BRLSI


Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) is an educational charity dedicated to the promotion and advancement of science, literature and art. At their home in Queen Square, they offer an extensive programme of talks, discussions and exhibitions on science, the arts and current affairs, whilst maintaining an extensive collection of books, fossils and artefacts.

BRLSI's exhibitions are free of charge and their wide-ranging programme of talks are open to all at just £5/£2, giving visitors the opportunity to hear a world-class scientist or author talk about their subject.

Everyone is welcome at the BRLSI – the only “qualification” is a thirst for knowledge. Visit their exhibitions, pop along to one of their talks, or join them for their Saturday morning coffee session.

Memberships are available which entitle visitors to reduced entry prices, members-only events, access (by appointment) to the collections and a monthly newsletter.

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Establishment Features

  • Event Venue

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • No Smoking Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Charlotte Street Pay and Display Car Park Nearby.

Show Facilities

Opening Times

Opening (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Tuesday, 5th March 2024 - Tuesday, 5th March 2024

How to Win at LifeHow to Win at Life at the BRLSIDrawing on his sequence of books, The Secrets of Life: From Big Bang to Trump, Sean O'Connor explores the role of cooperation in driving the immutable current of life.
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Wednesday, 6th March 2024 - Wednesday, 6th March 2024

BRLSI Queen SquareSaving BRLSI in the 1990s at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution BRLSIMichael King, secretary of the Friends of BRLSI and then a BRLSI Trustee, recalls how the hurdles to rebuilding the Institution in the late 1980s and early 1990s were overcome.
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Thursday, 7th March 2024 - Thursday, 28th March 2024

A publicity poster for the Curious Minds Festival, BathCurious Minds FestivalThis brand new Bath festival features over 30 book talks, live performances, film screenings, writing workshops and walking tours.
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Monday, 11th March 2024 - Monday, 11th March 2024

Shakespeare's CousinShakespeare's Passionate Cousin at the BRLSIDuncan McGibbon gives an account of Robert Southwell (1561-1595), a best-selling poet, Jesuit missionary and cousin of William Shakespeare.
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Thursday, 14th March 2024 - Thursday, 14th March 2024

Exhuming OldfieldExhuming Oldfield: A House Detective Story at the BRLSIDr. Robert Heath will take you through the detailed story of this fascinating property and update us on the latest finds from the dig which has been going on for the last year.
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Tuesday, 19th March 2024 - Tuesday, 19th March 2024

New LeviathansJohn Gray on 'The New Leviathans – Thoughts after Liberalism' at BRLSIJoin Professor John Gray in exploring a world after Liberalism.
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Wednesday, 27th March 2024 - Wednesday, 27th March 2024

Cuban Missile CrisisMax Hastings – The Cuban Missile Crisis at BRLSILegendary journalist Sir Max Hastings comes to BRLSI to discuss his latest book on the Cuban Missile Crisis and what relevance this key event in history holds for the world of today.
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Saturday, 30th March 2024 - Saturday, 30th March 2024

Bath 1850s walkNow and then: Bath in the 1850s vs today - Free walk with the BRLSIThis free walk is one of the events to mark the Bicentenary of Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution and the 90th Anniversary of The Mayor of Bath's Honorary Guides.
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Monday, 8th April 2024 - Monday, 8th April 2024

Benin Brass Bristol SlaveryBenin, Brass, Bristol & Slavery at the BRLSIJoin Tony Coverdale of the Saltford Brass Mill Project as he explores the history of the brass trade and its close ties to slavery.
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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is on the West side of Queen Square, in the centre of Bath near Milsom St, the Circus and Royal Crescent.

Public Transport Directions

Bath Spa Train Station is approximatley a 15 minute walk.


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Map and Directions

Road Directions

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is on the West side of Queen Square, in the centre of Bath near Milsom St, the Circus and Royal Crescent.

Public Transport Directions

Bath Spa Train Station is approximatley a 15 minute walk.

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