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Biology Collection
The natural history collection is sadly depleted by loss, decay and destruction. The 19th century collection was extensive and important. However, the remaining collection still have much of great interest including the herbaria of Rev L Jenyns and C E Broome, mainly collected between 1820 and 1880 and amounting to about 8,500 herbarium sheets.

There are more than 17,000 shells consisting of marine, freshwater and land molluscs. The Jenyns collection contains a world-wide collection of marine shells including some rare and scientifically important specimens.

The entomological collections comprise some 12,000 insects including coleoptera; lepidoptera; arachnids and hymenoptera. There is a reasonable reference collection of beetles.

Mounted birds and mammals are represented by about 80 specimens and include an extinct Passenger pigeon and a wild cat.

The rest of the collection comprises about 700 birds eggs; a number of prepared small animal bones and skulls; a quantity of horn and ivory; and corals from the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
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Bath Royal Literary And Scientific Institution
16-18 Queen Square Bath BA1 2HP
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01225 312 084
01225 429 452 
Building Information
The BRLSI moved to its present location on Queen's Square, Bath, in 1932.
Collections Overview
The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is a venerable body founded in 1823 for the advancement of science, literature and art in Bath. It received its Royal Charter in 1837 and early members included the eminent astronomer Sir William Herschel and scientist Joseph Priestly. The first curator was geologist William Lonsdale, appointed in 1825. As well as important collections of geology, biology and ethnography, it contains a wide range of historical relics and curios. It holds a large and important natural sciences library. The museum holds important collections of geology, natural history, ethnology, archaeology, art and history. There is also a major antiquarian library of over 6,000 volumes.
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Open by appointment only.
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