History Project


The History Project

In April 2018 we launched a major new project to explore in detail the 183-year history of the Royal Institution of South Wales.


At the public launch of the History Project in Swansea Museum on 28 April Andrew Davies, chairman of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, said that RISW ‘formed a remarkable network of renowned scientists, engineers and other pioneers. This exciting initiative will help us understand more about the links between the RISW's Victorian pioneers and Swansea's present and future’.

Click here for the remarkable beginning of the RISW

The main outcome of the Project will be a substantial illustrated book. It will trace the complete history of the RISW and Swansea Museum, from the earliest years to the present day. We hope to attract a team of experts in their fields to research different aspects of this story, using paper archives and publications, and the outcomes of a new oral history project for the period since the Second World War, and write about them in an authoritative but accessible way. We’ll also be looking for money to finance the book, through charitable grants and a crowdfunding (subscription) scheme. We aim to be able to sell copies at a price that people in Swansea can easily afford.

If you would like to:

  • know more about the project, and keep in touch with progress
  • take part in the oral history project, as interviewer or interviewee
  • contribute to the preparation of the book
  • support the book’s publication financially

please contact the President, Andrew Green (president@risw.org, 01792 361260).

Use the 'Library' picture to view the library of resources as it grows!