Bath Royal Scientific and Literary Institution offers
A Collection for the Curious Mind


The Bath Festival’s pledge to extend into more venues and reach wider audiences has been realised as it forms a partnership with one of the city’s great cultural institutions. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution will be hosting A Collection for the Curious Mind, a series of events as part of the festival’s celebration of books and music , which will run from Friday 13 May to Saturday 21 May 2022.

The historic institution in Queen Square, which dates back to the 19th century, has undergone a huge transformation since lockdown. It has launched a new digital programme, an app and an updated website in addition to its regular offering of live evening lectures and exhibitions.

Teaming up with The Bath Festival to host a series of talks, the institution continues its determination to offer world class talks with a welcome to all.

The institution’s summer exhibition Beyond Beastly, sees some magical treasures taken out from the natural history and ethnological collections to delight and inspire the child in all of us. There are also plans to encourage first-time visitors and families to enter the building and take part in activities.

Some of the events that are part of A Collection for the Curious Mind are:

The institution joins an illustrious list of city venues as part of The Bath Festival, including Bath Abbey, The Assembly Rooms and the former Art Deco cinema The Forum, Komedia, known for as band and comedy venue and the official festival bookseller, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights will also be hosting a series of book events in store in John Street. Festival-goers will also find events at Persephone Books in George Street, at Walcot House and in the festival’s intimate Literature Lounge which will be set up in Alfred Street. Dorothy House Hospice is also hosting book events at its charity shop in Broad Street as part of the festival.

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