Our Story

Building on over 260 years of social change.

From our inception supporting new inventions, ideas and design, to the RSA of today - we are committed to a future that works for everyone.  

We aim to harness the curiosity, creativity and courage of our community to realise change: the knowledge and experience of our people; the expertise and global reach of our Fellowship community; and the ecosystem of influencer and organisations in society.

Our history

Looking to the future since 1754. Find out more about the famous names and change made in the past.

Our archive

Preserving our past. Recording our present. Inspiring our future. Search the archive online or get in touch with our archive team.

Our wider RSA family


Connecting American Fellows through regional hubs and online networks.

RSA Oceania

Fellows actively working to drive social change in Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

Royal Designers for Industry

The highest accolade for designers in the UK. Only 200 designers can hold the title.

RSA Academies

Sponsoring 9 academy schools in the West Midlands.

About the RSA

We unite people and ideas to resolve the challenges of our time.