Our Story - RSA

Our Story

Building on over 270 years of social change.

From our inception supporting new inventions, ideas and design, to the RSA of today - we’re committed to a world that is resilient, rebalanced and regenerative, where everyone can fulfil their potential. 

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.

About the RSA

Enabling people, places and the planet to flourish.