Royal Institution Staff, 1867-1989. In April 1867 the Royal Institution of South Wales placed an advert in a number of local and national newspaper advertising the position of Resident Keeper. There were 32 applicants (2 of which withdrew due to the poor state of accommodation) from all parts of the British Isles. It was Evan Lewis of Cwm-giedd, Ystradgynlais that eventually gained the position and held it until 1906. The previous Keeper had been dismissed due to complaints from some members 'respecting the neglected condition of the Library and the Institution generally'.


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