The proceedings from each annual festival from 1831 - are published in bound volumes. The BA holds a full set of these at our office in London; there are also copies at the and at other copyright libraries throughout the UK. The proceedings contain transcripts of each paper given and reports from various committees.
After the records of the BA Annual Meetings are less complete. Photocopies of the programmes from to present day are available. Contact for any enquiries relating to the BA's history.
The BA’s archive is held at the in Oxford. This is an administrative history of the Association and contains minutes, reports and correspondence. It is possible to arrange a visit to look through the archives; the librarian is not able to do extensive research on other peoples’ behalf.
There are a number of publications on the BA’s history including The British Association: A Retrospect by O J R Howarth.The first edition, published in covers the years 1831-1922; a second edition published to coincide with the BA’s centenary in covers the hundred years from -.
To mark the sesquicentenary, two books were published: The Parliament of Science, Editors Roy Macleod and Peter Collins, Science Reviews Ltd, London; and Gentlemen of Science, Jack Morrell and Arnold Thackeray, Oxford.