Events & Activities

Programme for 2019-2020

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.

Or download a PDF version of the programme here.

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

Many of our lectures at Swansea Museum are popular.  To be sure of a seat please collect a free ticket either from Swansea Museum or reserve one over the phone (01792 653763). The venue has a limited amount of seating based on fire safety regulations and cannot exceed this number. Please respect the museum staff and understand it is for your own safety.


  • Dilys Price

    Thursday 27th of February, 2020 at 1:00pm

    I’m not dead yet: hooks for living a good life / Heb farw eto: sut mae byw bywyd da

  • Gareth Davies & Dai Lloyd

    Friday 6th of March, 2020 at 7:00pm

    Democracy now: two parliaments compared / Democratiaeth nawr: dwy senedd ochr yn ochr

  • Spring coffee morning / Bore coffi’r gwanwyn

    Thursday 26th of March, 2020 at 10:30am

    Spring coffee morning / Bore coffi’r gwanwyn

  • Robin Lyons

    Saturday 4th of April, 2020 at 2:30pm

    SuperTed knew my father: a history of Welsh animation / Adnabu SuperTed fy nhad: hanes animeiddio yng Nghymru

  • Ruth Callaway

    Thursday 30th of April, 2020 at 7:30pm

    Mary Anning: 19th century scientist and inspiration for Swansea marine research / Mary Anning: gwyddonydd o’r 19ed ganrif ac ysbrydoliaeth i wyddor môr yn Abertawe

  • Anthony Hughes

    Wednesday 6th of May, 2020 at 10:00am

    Annual outing: expert guided tour of the Guildhall, Swansea / Taith dywysedig arbenigol o Neuadd y Ddinas, Abertawe

  • Summer strawberry afternoon tea / Te prynhawn mefys yr haf

    Thursday 25th of June, 2020 at 12:00pm

    Summer strawberry afternoon tea / Te prynhawn mefys yr haf