The Learned Society of Wales was formally launched on 25 May 2010. Its first President and Chair of Council was Sir John Cadogan CBE DSc FRSE FRSC PLSW FRS. An account of the occasion is here and a gallery of photographs is here.
The Society's establishment marks a very important development in the intellectual and cultural life of our nation. Wales is described as a small but clever country: the quality and breadth of our scholarship is evident in the list of Fellows. But, until the Founding Fellows came together, in a wholly spontaneous and voluntary initiative, to establish the Society, Wales lacked an academy of learning of the kind that has long existed elsewhere in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Now, we have a learned society that, over time, can be expected to take its place among the great academies of London and Edinburgh, as well as those that flourish across Europe, in Northern America and beyond.
The Learned Society of Wales will not only recognise and rejoice in Wales’s great talent, it will also harness and channel that talent for the good of our country. It will act as a defender of and protagonist for the very activities and functions that necessarily underpin the notion of Welsh cleverness, particularly in these difficult times.
The Society aims to establish itself both as a recognised representative of the world of Welsh learning internationally and as a source of authoritative, scholarly and critical comment and advice on policy issues affecting Wales.
The Learned Society of Wales, a company limited by guarantee, registered in Wales, No.7256948; Registered Charity No. 1141526
Registered office: The University Registry, King Edward VII Avenue, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NS