In common with other museum buildings in and around the city, the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution in Queen Square has had to shut its doors – which has meant disruption to exhibitions and evening talks. But now, in an announcement on its Facebook page, BRLSI says it’s moving online.
Here’s the message in full:
“Many thanks for your support of the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution during this stressful period for us all. BRLSI have received such heartening messages of support over the last week and can’t exaggerate enough how appreciative we have been of the encouragement and backing received from staff, volunteers and members at this critical period.
“Given the national situation, the BRLSI building at 16 Queen Square is temporarily closed to visitors, volunteers and members but in the interim period BRLSI will be making a very exciting move online, and hope to take as many of you as possible with us!
“To read more about how we plan to do this paste the following link into your browser: https://www.brlsi.org/Moving%20Online
“The building may be closed temporarily, but we still plan to provide a range of content and activities that are not venue-based. This includes talks, interviews, book clubs, and videos online taking forward BRLSI’s mission to promote science, literature and the arts. We even get to see at long last what the collections team get up to behind the scenes. Watch this space for all the exciting things BRLSI have coming up…
“In the meantime, BRLSI urgently needs your help. Looking forward, never has the sort of offering the BRLSI provide been of greater relevance. Founded in 1824, the BRLSI survived relocation and subsequent closure during WW2, and yet this challenging time for us all has put the Institution under threat as never before.
“The BRLSI building being closed in response to the multiple challenges of COVID-19, results in disruption to its evening talks programme and the maintenance of its rich and diverse collection. There will be much competition for public generosity but please now support the BRLSI by renewing or taking up membership, making a donation or leaving us a legacy in your will. https://brlsi.org/support
“You can donate by following this link https://localgiving.org/BRLSIRESCUE or log on to the Institution’s website on www.BRLSI.org
“This generosity will lend absolutely vital support toward the work BRLSI do and our ability to deliver in the future; With the building shut, BRLSI have a massively reduced income and every individual donation you make will help us to look after our heritage, and reopen to provide the very best programme we can. In the meantime, BRLSI will keep everyone updated through our website, newsletter and social media channels (Twitter and Facebook).
“We want to welcome you all back in person for face to face activities as soon as we can, In the meantime stay safe and do keep in touch with what we are doing.”