cropped-banner-2.jpgIf You Can Help Us with Any of the Following Areas, We Would Love to Hear from You!

If you have a passion for the Arts and Sciences, then volunteering at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution might well be for you. What we look for in our volunteers above all else is commitment and warmth. Whether you have a couple of hours a month or can make a regular weekly commitment, we would love to hear from you.

In return, The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution promises to extend full training to all our volunteers and support them as they grow within their new roles. We offer a working environment which is both rich and stimulating, and provide volunteers with an exciting calendar of social events.

Current Roles

Front Desk Receptionist / Administration

As a reception desk volunteer, you will be the first point of contact for visitors to our institution. You will be responsible for greeting visitors, answering the telephone, checking and responding to email, printing out and displaying publicity materials, carrying out administrative tasks for our management or our convenors and working to support our exhibitions.

We are looking for warm friendly individuals who are comfortable dealing with members of the public; you will need to have a confident telephone manner and be adept in the use of Microsoft Office. Since you will be the first point of contact for people accessing our exhibitions, an interest in the arts and sciences would be of great benefit.


We are always looking for bright talented individuals to help with our publicity and our online presence. Ongoing projects where we look for volunteer input include putting out press releases and maintaining press contacts, optimizing our presence on social media, and updating and maintaining content for our website and volunteer blog.

Skills that would be enormously beneficial include being adept in the use of Microsoft Publisher, and CMS such as WordPress and Drupal. We are looking for individuals who combine a high level of computer literacy with an excellent standard of written English.

Help with Evening Talks

You might not feel that you have time to make a regular weekly commitment, but instead are happy to come in and assist occasionally for a one-off event. Our evening lectures are at the heart of what we do and if you think you might be happy to assist us in such a way, then please ask us to put your name down for our event bank. This is a list of volunteers willing to be called to help on short notice. Please specify what sort of help you may wish to offer.

Sub-Committee Roles

If you think you might have skills that could serve our organisation, we are always looking for fresh faces to join our committees. Please see details of current sub-committee roles below.

If you have an area of interest where you feel you could make a substantial contribution but this role is not currently advertised then we would encourage you to get in touch with us regardless and we will do our best to find a role which fits your interests and capabilities.

We ask that all members of our sub-committees hold a valid membership for the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, as well as an active interest in the arts and sciences.

Finance Committee

We are always on the lookout for volunteers with a background in finance or accountancy, who would be happy to contribute their skills and experience to make a difference to our charitable organisation.

Ideally, we seek volunteers who are happy to contribute their expertise within the finance or investments field. It would also be of enormous benefit to us if you were a member of BRLSI already, since this will give you some helpful insight into what kind of institution we are.

We look for individuals with trained experience of working in accountancy and/or finance management/administration of investments.

Membership Committee

If you are a social animal by nature and an existing BRLSI member, you might like to support our membership committee. This year, for instance, the Social Events Team have been responsible for organising the  Members Christmas Party and the annual Summer Volunteer party.  This kind of volunteer opportunity is perfect for those wanting to get involved but perhaps not able to give a regular weekly commitment.

The committee are also always on the lookout for volunteers to sign new members up at lectures and events. The Membership Sub-Committee meets four times a year.  If any individual is interested in joining our Sub-Committee to help organize events, then please contact Dick Bateman (Chair and Scribe) at

Website / Social Media Management Committee

We are currently looking for help with our website-subcommittee and are searching for volunteers from a suitable professional background. This is an opportunity to support your local community and to further develop personal and professional skills. Typical time commitment would be 8 1.5hr meetings per year and any commitment you can offer on top of this is welcome.

If you have a background – or even just an interest – in digital media and feel you have time to contribute to our website committee, then we would like to hear from you at

Premises Commitee

The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution Seeks Volunteers to Help with The Maintenance and Upkeep of Their Grade 1 Listed Building in The Heart of Queen Square, Bath.  If you think that you would be challenged and invigorated by this aspect of the institutions work then the BRLSI Premises committee would be delighted to hear from you and in particular would like to hear from anyone who has worked as a Surveyor or has experience in Health and Safety.

Volunteer Fundraisers

We are currently looking for a fundraising committee volunteer to make a contribution within our charitable organisation. Ideally we are seeking a volunteer who is happy to contribute their expertise within the fundraising committee or support one of our current campaigns to raise funding for a project that will make a lasting legacy in culture and heritage of Bath and its area.

Student Placements 

BRLSI offer short-term bespoke volunteer placements for university students and have established relationships with both Bath Spa University and Bath University. To undertake a placement with us we ask that you, in tandem with your university tutor or head of department send an initial email inquiry to

The BRLSI  endeavour to work with students in tandem with their course requirements , encourage students to keep a journal of their placement and be happy to help where possible students develop their CV.

For all BRLSI Volunteering Opportunities

If any of our opportunities appeal to you, then please visit our contact page to find out how to get in touch and discuss further!

Currently we are recruiting volunteers for the following roles –

Front Desk/Reception

Web Content Volunteers

Saturday Receptionist

Finance Volunteer

Publicist Volunteer

Fundraising Volunteer

Premises Committee Role