Literary and Scientific Institute

The Literary and Scientific Institute (LSI) is better known in Bridport as “the Old Library”, having for 45 years following World War Two served as the town’s public library. It is one of the town’s best-loved and most imposing buildings (Grade II* Listed), in a prominent position on East Street, but has been unoccupied since the library service was relocated in 1997.

The LSI has fallen into a state of disrepair and is on the national Buildings at Risk Register.  The Bridport Area Development Trust has taken on the challenge of raising the funds to save the building and following a major restoration project, aims to reopen the LSI in 2017.

Click here to learn what the LSI will be in future, and here to learn more about what needs to be done to restore the building.

Plans and photos of the LSI (PDF, 1.8MB) can be downloaded here.

The history of the LSI can be viewed here.

The total cost of the project will be approximately £2.6M, but the majority of this funding is now confirmed, and includes support from HLF, English Heritage (now Historic England), Challenge Fund, Pilgrim Trust, Headley Trust, Dorset County Council, West Dorset District Council, and Bridport Town Council.

We still have about £140,000 to raise but we feel we are now on the home straight. We will be continuing with our fundraising efforts through the project delivery and we would welcome additional support or assistance.



If you would like to get involved in the project, are interested in renting space in the finished building or simply want to join the mailing list please email Crystal Johnson

Bridport Area Development Trust is grateful for the funding and advice received from the following organisations.  Through their support we are now able to begin the project to save Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute.  We do still need to raise more money so for information on how you can help please click on the Appeal banner above.

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