The Royal Society of Arts

Founded in 1754, The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, is often simply referred to as The Royal Society of Arts for the sake of brevity, and its members as Fellows of the RSA (FRSA).

Recognition of The The Royal Society of Arts immense contribution to society over the past 250 years recently included a Royal Garden Party hosted at Buckingham Palace by HM the Queen, the issue of commemorative stamps by the Royal Mail and a series of 5 radio programmes broadcast by BBC radio 4.

The The Royal Society of Arts independence allows it to address an issue over many years. A desire to improve industrial design led in 1924 to a programme that is still active today. Some of the nation’s best known and accomplished designers, such as Jonathan Ive and Betty Jackson, have been recognized in their early years as winners of an RSA Student Design Award.

In 1990 the RSA completed the restoration and conversion of its Georgian vaults. These are now the hub of the Society’s conference facilities and include a distinctive restaurant for fellows.

The The Royal Society of Arts has a long history of stimulating and supporting the creation of influential institutions and other bodies. In recent years the Society has established the Centre for Tomorrow’s Company, the Campaign for Learning, and the Guidance Council (formally the National Advisory Council for Careers & Educational Guidance).

The RSA’s House contains one of the first public rooms in London to be lit by electric light (1878). Today Fellows can access the internet using WiFi technology.

For over 150 years the RSA’s Journal has published accounts of lectures from speakers as diverse as Ronald Reagan, Mary Robinson, Mary Moser, Peter Ustinov, Alexander Graham, Gordon Russell, Joseph Paxton, and Guglielmo Marconi.

The The Royal Society of Arts archive is full of contributions from such notable figures as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Robert Stephenson, William Hogarth, Samuel Johnson, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Chippendale, Karl Marx, William Wilberforce, Joseph Hume, Michael Faraday, Rowland Hill, Edwin Lutyens, Joseph Banks, Robert & James Adam, and Joshua Reynolds.