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Jurassic Ark

Spectacular Fossils from an Ancient Somerset Sea

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Curious Corners App

Students from Bath Spa University working with Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution have created an interactive app for...


Youth Activites

Monthly at Queen Square

Stimulating youth orientated activities in science, technology & chemistry.


Adelard of Bath

Latest BRLSI Publication now available

The latest publication by BRLSI - "Adelard of Bath" is now available to buy. It can be bought in person at 16 Queen Square, or online.


Adventures of a Merchant Banker

New BRLSI Publication

The life & exploits of William Herbert Vacher.


Freshly Prepared Fish

JESBI Project

We have just uploaded two spectacular fossils to the JESBI gallery, showing the detailed preparatory work undertaken by Lorie Barber.



All Welcome 11.00am till 12.30pm

Our Saturday Coffee Morning is open to both members and non-members. Please come and enjoy conversation and Martin Carwardine’s Coffee (£1.00 a...


What's On

This is where you can find information on talks and events. BRLSI talks are open to all at £4 (£2 to members and students). Non-BRLSI events check poster.


Museum Collections

The BRLSI has a large collection of objects and specimens from around the world. A selection can be seen in our Online Museum.


Library & Archives

The BRLSI's Library collection contains over 10,000 volumes. You can browse the library catalogue, search by keyword and see details of individual volumes.


Room Hire


The BRLSI is the venue for a wide range of daytime and evening events.




Our members attend our programme of events at a reduced rate as well as other benefits.




Click here to buy books, event tickets, membership, and much more.


Donate time & money


Find out more about volunteering at the BRLSI or how to make a (more than welcome) charitable donation.



Energy Balance and Obesity: Gluttony or Sloth

Are we eating more than in the past or exercising less? The answer is complicated and controversial. On Friday 25 July 2014 at 7.30 pm, Professor Joe Millward of the University of Surrey will speak on “Energy Balance and Obesity: Gluttony or Sloth”, as part of the Science Group series on Energy.

New Materials for Green Energy

For green energy technologies, development of new materials is crucial. On Friday June 27th at 7.30 pm, Professor Saiful Islam of the University of Bath will explain recent advances for fuel cells and lithium batteries as part of the Science Group series on Energy.

Mayor Honours BRLSI Science Workshops

Paul Thomas awarded the Mayor of Bath's Citizen Award 2014.


Exhibition: Jurassic Ark

FREE EXHIBITION: Spectacular Fossils from an Ancient Somerset Sea
24 May - 30 September
10am - 4pm
Monday - Saturday

Social Housing New Developments.

Thursday 24th July 2014.


David Orr.

Visitors £4. Members/Students £2.

Energy Balance and Obesity

Friday 25th July 2014.

Professor Joe Millward.

Visitors £4 - Members/Students £2.

Did you know...

Chichén Itzá and the BRLSI

Adela C. Breton (daughter of BRLSI founding member William Breton), followed her father's passion for exploration, athough she took her tour on horseback in Mexico. Along with her guide Pablo she collected archaeological material throughout Mexico and produced important academic work at the Mayan site of Chichén Itzá in the state Yucatan, Mexico. She donated some of her finds to the collections.

Curatorial Curiosities

Cave bear canine

Cave bear canine: Ursus spelaeus was a common European bear during the ice ages, it was at least equivalent in size to the largest of modern bears, the Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) and Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi), if not larger. Their remains are found most commonly in caves, and this specimen was found in Wookey Hole in the Mendips, Somerset.