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Background imageBritish Association Collection: The British Association at Dundee: Arbroath Abbey, Uk, 1867

The British Association at Dundee: Arbroath Abbey, Uk, 1867

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham - photography by aid of the Magnesium Light

Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham - photography by aid of the Magnesium Light, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham - photography by aid of the Magnesium Light - a sketch at the soiree at the Townhall, 1865

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: Professor Phillips...in the Townhall, 1865

Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: Professor Phillips...in the Townhall, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: Professor Phillips, the President, delivering the Inaugural Address in the Townhall, 1865

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Professor Phillips, F.R.S. President of the British Association for 1865, (1865). Creator: Unknown

Professor Phillips, F.R.S. President of the British Association for 1865, (1865). Creator: Unknown
Professor Phillips, F.R.S. Professor of Geology in the University of Oxford, President of the British Association for 1865, (1865). Engraving of a photograph by Mr. Guggenheim. Dr

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the Wrekin, 1865. Creator: Unknown

Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the Wrekin, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the Wrekin, 1865. The visit from Birmingham to the Wrekin was made by a party of 200, many of them ladies, the majority men of science

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: soiree in the Townhall, the Refreshment-Room

Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: soiree in the Townhall, the Refreshment-Room, 1865 Creator: Unknown
Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: soiree in the Townhall, the Refreshment-Room, 1865. We present [a] view of the interior of the Refreshment-Room

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the Reception-Room, 1865. Creator: Unknown

Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the Reception-Room, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the Reception-Room, 1865. We present [a] view of the interior of the Reception-room (the Exchange Assembly-room, New-street)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham:.a paper on the geology of the district, 1865

Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham:.a paper on the geology of the district, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the secretary of the Valley Field Club reading a paper on the geology of the district, 1865. Hunger and thirst level all distinctions

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham:.'Pursuit of Science Under Difficulties', 1865

Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham:."Pursuit of Science Under Difficulties", 1865....the party, after gaining a view of the Brown Clee hills on the left - the greatest

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the Wytch, near Malvern, 1865. Creator: Unknown

Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the Wytch, near Malvern, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the Wytch, near Malvern, 1865. View of...that remarkable pass, called "The Wytch"...[ie The Wyche Cutting

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the Priory Church, Malvern, 1865. Creator: Unknown

Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the Priory Church, Malvern, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: the Priory Church, Malvern, 1865....the geologists...where they were received by Dr. Harvey B

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (engraving)

The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (engraving)
1041821 The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (engraving) by Durand, Godefroy (1832-1896); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The British Association at Birmingham, Portraits of the Presidents of Sections (engraving)

The British Association at Birmingham, Portraits of the Presidents of Sections (engraving)
1054989 The British Association at Birmingham, Portraits of the Presidents of Sections (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The British Association Congress at Southampton (engraving)

The British Association Congress at Southampton (engraving)
1622018 The British Association Congress at Southampton (engraving) by Watkins, Frank (fl.1859-94); Private Collection; (add.info.: The British Association Congress at Southampton)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The British Association at Montreal, Sketches of the Voyage out (engraving)

The British Association at Montreal, Sketches of the Voyage out (engraving)
1623032 The British Association at Montreal, Sketches of the Voyage out (engraving) by Seymour, George L. (fl.1876-1916); Private Collection; (add.info.: The British Association at Montreal)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Bristol, St Mary Redcliffe Church (engraving)

Meeting of the British Association at Bristol, St Mary Redcliffe Church (engraving)
1621284 Meeting of the British Association at Bristol, St Mary Redcliffe Church (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The Forthcoming Meeting of the British Association, the President-Elect

The Forthcoming Meeting of the British Association, the President-Elect and Presidents of Departments (engraving)
1044455 The Forthcoming Meeting of the British Association, the President-Elect and Presidents of Departments (engraving) by English School

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association, Views of Bristol and the Vicinity (engraving)

Meeting of the British Association, Views of Bristol and the Vicinity (engraving)
1049534 Meeting of the British Association, Views of Bristol and the Vicinity (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Meeting of the British Association)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: With the British Association in Canada (engraving)

With the British Association in Canada (engraving)
1045685 With the British Association in Canada (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: With the British Association in Canada)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The President of the Association and the Presidents of the Various Sections, British Association

The President of the Association and the Presidents of the Various Sections, British Association, 1893 (engraving)
1062980 The President of the Association and the Presidents of the Various Sections, British Association, 1893 (engraving) by English School

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Sir David Brewster, KG, President of the British Association (engraving)

Sir David Brewster, KG, President of the British Association (engraving)
1096758 Sir David Brewster, KG, President of the British Association (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir David Brewster, KG)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (engraving)

Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (engraving)
1096454 Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Practical Scientific Inventions (engraving)

Practical Scientific Inventions (engraving)
1099868 Practical Scientific Inventions (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Practical Scientific Inventions)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Captain Sir Douglas Galton, KCB, President of the British Association for the Advancement of

Captain Sir Douglas Galton, KCB, President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (b / w photo)
1100181 Captain Sir Douglas Galton, KCB, President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (b/w photo) by English photographer

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The British Association for the Advancement of Science, the Town of Nottingham

The British Association for the Advancement of Science, the Town of Nottingham, from the Ruddington Hills (engraving)
1103477 The British Association for the Advancement of Science, the Town of Nottingham, from the Ruddington Hills (engraving) by English School

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The Meeting of the British Association at Cheltenham (engraving)

The Meeting of the British Association at Cheltenham (engraving)
2772355 The Meeting of the British Association at Cheltenham (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Meeting of the British Association at Cheltenham)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association, Arrival of His Royal Highness Prince Albert (engraving)

Meeting of the British Association, Arrival of His Royal Highness Prince Albert (engraving)
1617338 Meeting of the British Association, Arrival of His Royal Highness Prince Albert (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Rambling Sketches, Dover, where the British Association met (engraving)

Rambling Sketches, Dover, where the British Association met (engraving)
1592659 Rambling Sketches, Dover, where the British Association met (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Rambling Sketches, Dover)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association, Belfast, the Giants Causeway (engraving)

Meeting of the British Association, Belfast, the Giants Causeway (engraving)
1589235 Meeting of the British Association, Belfast, the Giants Causeway (engraving) by Read, Samuel (1816-83); Private Collection; (add.info.: Meeting of the British Association, Belfast)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Statue of Thomas Sydenham, the 'English Hippocrates'(b / w photo)

Statue of Thomas Sydenham, the "English Hippocrates"(b / w photo)
1107545 Statue of Thomas Sydenham, the " English Hippocrates" (b/w photo) by English photographer, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Statue of Thomas Sydenham)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The Aquatic Excursion of the British Association, the Admirals Ship firing a Salute (engraving)

The Aquatic Excursion of the British Association, the Admirals Ship firing a Salute (engraving)
5230602 The Aquatic Excursion of the British Association, the Admirals Ship firing a Salute (engraving) by English School

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The British Association at Bath, Sir Charles Lyell delivering the Presidential Address in

The British Association at Bath, Sir Charles Lyell delivering the Presidential Address in the Theatre (engraving)
1613238 The British Association at Bath, Sir Charles Lyell delivering the Presidential Address in the Theatre (engraving) by English School

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The British Association at Bristol, Views in and about the City (litho)

The British Association at Bristol, Views in and about the City (litho)
1606442 The British Association at Bristol, Views in and about the City (litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The British Association at Bristol)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Southampton (engraving)

Meeting of the British Association at Southampton (engraving)
1617335 Meeting of the British Association at Southampton (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Meeting of the British Association at Southampton)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The British Association at Dublin, Places about Dublin and the Neighbourhood (engraving)

The British Association at Dublin, Places about Dublin and the Neighbourhood (engraving)
1621859 The British Association at Dublin, Places about Dublin and the Neighbourhood (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The British Association at Dublin)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Leeds, the Horticultural Fete at Kirkstall Abbey (engraving)

Meeting of the British Association at Leeds, the Horticultural Fete at Kirkstall Abbey (engraving)
1619346 Meeting of the British Association at Leeds, the Horticultural Fete at Kirkstall Abbey (engraving) by English School

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Great Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science at York (engraving)

Great Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science at York (engraving)
1625145 Great Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science at York (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The British Association at Southampton, Sketches of the Town and Neighbourhood (engraving)

The British Association at Southampton, Sketches of the Town and Neighbourhood (engraving)
1622288 The British Association at Southampton, Sketches of the Town and Neighbourhood (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Edinburgh (engraving)

Meeting of the British Association at Edinburgh (engraving)
1096757 Meeting of the British Association at Edinburgh (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Meeting of the British Association at Edinburgh)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meetings of the British Association, Marischal College, Aberdeen (engraving)

Meetings of the British Association, Marischal College, Aberdeen (engraving)
1098235 Meetings of the British Association, Marischal College, Aberdeen (engraving) by Read, Samuel (1816-83); Private Collection; (add.info.: Meetings of the British Association, Marischal College)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The British Association at Swansea (engraving)

The British Association at Swansea (engraving)
1060206 The British Association at Swansea (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The British Association at Swansea)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The British Association, some Officials at the Dover Meeting (b / w photo)

The British Association, some Officials at the Dover Meeting (b / w photo)
1043075 The British Association, some Officials at the Dover Meeting (b/w photo) by English photographer, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The British Association)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Newcastle-on-Tyne, the Townhall (engraving)

Meeting of the British Association at Newcastle-on-Tyne, the Townhall (engraving)
1102724 Meeting of the British Association at Newcastle-on-Tyne, the Townhall (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Exeter, General View of the City (engraving)

Meeting of the British Association at Exeter, General View of the City (engraving)
1104431 Meeting of the British Association at Exeter, General View of the City (engraving) by Read, Samuel (1816-83); Private Collection; (add.info.: Meeting of the British Association at Exeter)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The British Association at Liverpool, Sir Joseph Lister delivering his Address (litho)

The British Association at Liverpool, Sir Joseph Lister delivering his Address (litho)
1051000 The British Association at Liverpool, Sir Joseph Lister delivering his Address (litho) by Paget, Henry Marriott (1856-1936) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Belfast and its Industries (engraving)

Belfast and its Industries (engraving)
1053068 Belfast and its Industries (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Belfast and its Industries, Meeting of the British Association)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: Mrs Ayrton lecturing to the Society of Electrical Engineers (litho)

Mrs Ayrton lecturing to the Society of Electrical Engineers (litho)
1051677 Mrs Ayrton lecturing to the Society of Electrical Engineers (litho) by Paget, Henry Marriott (1856-1936) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBritish Association Collection: The Marquess of Salisbury delivering his Presidential Address at Oxford before the British

The Marquess of Salisbury delivering his Presidential Address at Oxford before the British Association (engraving)
1048009 The Marquess of Salisbury delivering his Presidential Address at Oxford before the British Association (engraving) by Boyd



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The British Association: A Journey Through Time and Knowledge Step into the world of intellectual exploration with the British Association. From its humble beginnings at The Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester to its groundbreaking congresses in Birmingham, Southampton, Montreal, and Bristol, this association has been a beacon of scientific advancement. Engraved images capture the essence of these historic moments. Portraits of esteemed presidents adorn the walls at Birmingham, showcasing their dedication to various sections of knowledge. The Congress at Southampton comes alive through detailed sketches that depict the voyage out to this vibrant city. Venturing across borders, we find ourselves amidst the Canadian landscape as we join the British Association on an expedition overseas. Engravings bring to life their experiences during this remarkable journey. Back in Bristol, St Mary Redcliffe Church becomes a meeting point for brilliant minds from all corners of science. With views of Bristol and its surroundings serving as inspiration, discussions flourish within these hallowed halls. As anticipation builds for future gatherings, engravings showcase both the President-Elect and Presidents of Departments who will lead upcoming meetings. Their commitment to advancing knowledge is palpable. In 1893, Sir David Brewster takes center stage as President of the British Association. His engraving captures his regal presence and highlights his significant contributions to science. Through countless meetings over time, practical scientific inventions have taken center stage within this association's endeavors. Engravings beautifully illustrate how innovation intertwines with academia for real-world impact. Join us on this captivating journey through history as we delve into groundbreaking discoveries made possible by The British Association for Advancement in Science - where curiosity knows no bounds.