Events & Activities

Programme for 2017-2018

Since its foundation in 1835 the Royal Institution of South Wales has been dedicated to the ‘cultivation and advancement’ of knowledge. Each year it arranges talks, open to members and the public alike, with this aim in mind.

This year's programme is as varied as ever. ‘Swansea and the world’ is our scope. Our themes cover history, art, society, science and technology, in the past, present and future. Our speakers are always expert and often well-known. The discussions are lively and thought provoking. To see some of the highlights from last year's programme, click the Event Archive tab below.

Click each event for more information. We hold all our events in Swansea Museum unless noted otherwise. If you have a question, please contact our events organiser at


  • Dr Rhian Davies

    Thursday 6th of September, 2018 at 7:30pm

    ‘A refined and beautiful talent': thoughts on the centenary of the death of Morfydd Owen 'Dawn goeth a hardd': meddyliau ar ganmlwyddiant marw Morfydd Owen

  • History Day 2018

    Saturday 22nd of September, 2018 at 10:05am

    This September don't miss the annual History Day. Visit Swansea Museum and the National Waterfront Museum for a day full of talks & the launch of the latest Swansea History Journal!

  • Ceri Thompson

    Thursday 25th of October, 2018 at 7:30pm

    Henry Naunton Davies: a Rhondda colliery doctor / Henry Naunton Davies: meddyg glofaol yn y Rhondda

  • Annual Local History Book Fair / Ffair Flynyddol Llyfrau Hanes Lleol

    Saturday 27th of October, 2018 at 12:00pm

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  • Prof Steve Eales

    Tuesday 13th of November, 2018 at 7:00pm

    Cosmology after Hawking / Cosmoleg ar ôl Hawking

  • Karmen Thomas

    Thursday 22nd of November, 2018 at 7:30pm

    Scientific research and the birth of the University College of Swansea / Ymchwil wyddonol a genedigaeth Coleg y Brifysgol Abertawe

  • Christmas afternoon tea / Te’r prynhawn y Nadolig

    Thursday 13th of December, 2018 at 2:00pm

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  • Avril Rolph

    Thursday 10th of January, 2019 at 7:30pm

    ‘Dare to be free’: Swansea suffragettes / ‘Meiddiwch fod yn rhydd’: swffragetiaid Abertawe

  • Annual General Meeting / Cyfarfod Blynyddol Cyffredinol

    Thursday 24th of January, 2019 at 7:00pm

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  • Philip McDonnell

    Thursday 7th of February, 2019 at 1:00pm

    Greening Swansea: an introduction / Abertawe gwyrdd: cyflwyniad

  • Hamish Osborn

    Thursday 14th of February, 2019 at 1:00pm

    Sustainability / Cynaladwyedd

  • Deb Hill

    Thursday 21st of February, 2019 at 1:00pm

    Biodiversity / Bioamrywiaeth

  • Ant Flanagan and Sally Hyman

    Thursday 28th of February, 2019 at 1:00pm

    Two case studies / Dwy astudiaeth achos

  • Rhodri Talfan Davies

    Thursday 7th of March, 2019 at 12:00pm

    Broadcasting in Wales: the future / Darlledu yng Nghymru: y dyfodol

  • Coffee morning

    Thursday 14th of March, 2019 at 10:30am

    Come and join us!

  • Gerald Gabb

    Saturday 13th of April, 2019 at 7:30pm

    An older Swansea: the town before industry transformed it / Abertawe a fu: y dref gyn-ddiwydiannol

  • Annual outing / Gwibdaith flynyddol

    Tuesday 7th of May, 2019 at 12:00pm

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  • Summer strawberry afternoon tea / Te prynhawn mefys yr haf

    Thursday 20th of June, 2019 at 2:00pm

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