Royal Institution of South Wales

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The Royal Institution of South Wales is a Welsh learned society founded in Swansea in 1835 as the Swansea Philosophical and Literary Society with objectives:

"The Cultivation and Advancement of the various Branches of Natural History, as well as the Local History of the Town and Neighbourhood, the Extension and Encouragement of Literature and the Fine Arts, and the General Diffusion of Knowledge."

In 1838, the Society received its Royal charter as the Royal Institution.

It publishes a journal known as Minerva until 2006 and has now been renamed The Swansea History Journal (thus avoiding confusion with an arts magazine called Minerva).


  • Rees, R. (2005). Heroic Science: Swansea and the Royal Institution of South Wales 1835 - 1865. Glyndwr Publishing. ISBN 1903529166. 

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