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BRLSI is significantly stepping up its online content to add new impetus to its near 200-year mission to enrich the cultural and intellectual life of the South West.

Like most organisations, BRLSI – which is based in Queen Square – have had to temporarily suspend public activities to comply with nationwide coronavirus precautions, but that’s not going to stop them doing what they do best: providing a broad range of stimulating, informative and relevant content in the worlds of science, culture and the arts.

Among a range of exciting new virtual projects in the pipeline are: 

  • An online series of interviews with leading scientists throwing new light on the Covid 19 virus and subsequent public response to it. 
  • A three-dimensional journey round the skull of an ichthyosaur. 
  • Virtual coffee mornings and afternoon tea with a different theme each time. 
  • The BRLSI Big Read, a virtual book club (kicking off with Walden by Henry David Thoreau – a timely account of living in isolation). 
  • Lectures; special video features and more.

In the coming days and weeks, you’ll find all these and more by visiting and following the link to “Virtual BRLSI.” Check-in regularly because BRLSI will be uploading new features on a daily basis.

The first virtual project off the blocks is a specially commissioned series that goes behind the headlines of the coronavirus outbreak. Prof. Stuart Reynolds, Professor of Biology at the University of Bath, interviews top scientists to reveal surprising facts and dispel common myths about the current pandemic. 

BRLSI spokesperson Betty Suchar said: “In these trying times BRLSI has an important role to play in sustaining the intellectual life of the region and we’re not going to let the coronavirus stop us from fulfilling it. Many people stuck at home and unable to go out are crying out for intelligent content and we’re determined to provide it. We have been steadily enhancing our online offerings for some time, but in the current circumstances we have massively ramped up the amount of “virtual” content we’re creating.”

From dinosaurs to microbes, from great literature to philosophy and culture there will be something for everyone at Virtual BRLSI in the weeks ahead! Access is free but to support the BRLSI in these activities please donate to or

 The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) is an educational charity based in the centre of Bath. The Institution runs a programme of more than 150 public lectures each year of topics including science, philosophy, art and literature.

It also maintains collections of minerals, fossils and other items, as well as a library of rare books. The BRLSI’s Jenyns Room is one of Bath’s leading gallery spaces with a year-round programme of art and museum exhibitions.