The Royal Institution of South Wales is one of Wales’s oldest and most remarkable organisations.

It was founded in 1835 by an outstanding group of scientists, technologists and historians who wanted to share and extend their knowledge. Among other things they founded and built what is now Swansea Museum.

Today the RISW combines several roles:

  • We share knowledge across all fields, including history, current issues and science & technology
  • We have a special focus on Swansea and its area, especially its local history
  • We act as the official Friends of the Swansea Museum

We welcome anyone interested in Swansea and in promoting education and knowledge to join us.


 New publication:

Swansea Museum 2030: Ideas for public discussion

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Future Events & Activities

  • Prof. / Yr Athro Dylan Foster-Evans

    Thu 14 Oct

    ‘Where the two languages, like two seas, meet’: the history of the Welsh and English languages in Gower / 'Where the two languages, like two seas, meet’: hanes y Gymraeg a'r Saesneg yng Ngŵyr

  • Stephen K. Jones

    Thu 04 Nov

    A tale of two towns: the South Wales Railway / Hanes dwy dref: Rheilffordd De Cymru

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