Talk:Royal Society of Arts

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List of Chairs[edit]

For references, it would be nice to have a list of chairs included. I merly know one fellow, and so cannot provide a list, just a start-up.

Chair from through
Charles Handy 1987 1989

Yotwen 02:27, 21 September 2006 (UTC)


As far as I can see, the RSA never calls itself "Royal Society of Arts" now, but always uses "Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce" or "RSA". Shouldn't we use the proper name for the article? Rwendland 10:57, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

I think its the commonly used name, and its what was enscribed on the building itself - look at the photo! Rubén Mar (talk) 17:25, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
Fellows sometimes refer to "the Royal Society of Arts" when speaking about The RSA. Not least because it is shorter than the full title, and also because it differentiates between the The RSA and other organisations that use the same letters. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:23, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

Proposed merger[edit]

I've tagged the article First Exhibition (1756) with a suggestion that it be merged into this article. See also the talk page of that article. Comments welcome. Deor (talk) 04:48, 14 October 2009 (UTC)

Use of postnominals[edit]

"The Society states that, 'Fellows attach the letters FRSA after their name'. This was not, however, always the case. According to Sutherland Lyall, 'the Royal Society of Arts used to ask you not to use [the suffix FRSA] because anybody who pays the modest fee becomes a Fellow'.".

That was certainly the understanding when I became a Fellow in the late 1980s - and in my view it should still be the case. The RSA is a splendid institution (and a very good place for lunch); but I think that academics, especially, should be very careful about using post-nominals that look like some kind of academic qualification when they are not. Kranf (talk) 11:03, 31 December 2009 (UTC)

  • I would be inclined to disagree with Kranf, as having been a Fellow since 1989 I have been encouraged to use the FRSA after my name. I was proposed by a Nobel Prize winner and two noted inventors and scholars from Cambridge U. Academicians and academics are very proud of their post-nominals from the Society. Living in Mississippi (USA) I have not had the pleasure of eating at the Society since the late 1980's, also as a poor professor I do not think that nearly $200 a year is modest. Royalhistorian (talk) 08:06, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: page moved. Strong case, strong consensus. Andrewa (talk) 12:53, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & CommerceRoyal Society of Arts – "Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce" is the official name, but by far the common name that is still used is "Royal Society of Arts". The organization itself brands itself as "the RSA" and it's a little tricky to find the use of the long, official name on the website. Good Ol’factory (talk) 23:33, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

RSA link changed from 'RSA_encryption' to Royal_Society_of_Arts ?[edit]

Someone changed the RSA link from 'RSA_encryption' to Royal_Society_of_Arts.

According to the statistics (before the change) 'RSA_encryption' is a far more popular subject then Royal_Society_of_Arts.

So I would say that RSA should be redirected (back) to 'RSA_encryption' (and not Royal_Society_of_Arts). Or redirect to: RSA (disambiguation) — Preceding unsigned comment added by FlippyFlink (talkcontribs) 15:38, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

Agree? Royal_Society_of_Arts has been viewed 2727 times in 201109. RSA has been viewed 50727 times in 201109. This article ranked 7526 in traffic on — Preceding unsigned comment added by FlippyFlink (talkcontribs) 15:11, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

I redirected RSA to the disambiguation page for now, pending resolution of this dispute. I also remove puffery that had been added to the disambiguation page and the Royal Society of Arts page.--agr (talk) 17:36, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedian FRSA[edit]

Wikipedians who are FRSA may wish to use {{User:UBX/FRSA}}. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 01:37, 10 January 2013 (UTC)