Welcome to the Royal Archaeological Institute
The Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) is a leading national archaeology society, with a history dating back to 1844. Its interests span all aspects of the archaeological, architectural and landscape history of the British Isles.
Through our annual publication of the Archaeological Journal and our programme of monthly lectures, we have a strong tradition of presenting archaeological research. We also give grants to enable research projects, host conferences and run specialist tours for our members to archaeological sites, historic buildings and landscapes.
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Ian Barnes, Head of Archaeology at the National Trust, will outline where archaeology sits as a discipline within the National Trust’s aims and objectives. The framework for managing the Trust’s archaeological monuments will be discussed, from a strategic policy perspective through to physical management.
November features a special double bill. At 3 p.m., Dr Emma Durham, Dr Alexandra Knox and Ms Rosie Weetch, from the University of Reading, will be giving papers on Rethinking material culture. Then at 5 p.m., Dr Michael O'Brien will be presenting his lecture on The Monuments of the Khmer Empire from the 6th to the 13th centuries A.D. If non members would like to attend, please contact us in advance.
Our first lecture of the new season should be fascinating and entertaining - Dr John Goodall is talking to us about the 17th-century Great Tower. Dr Goodall, formerly a historian with English Heritage and now architectural editor of Country Life magazine, is an acclaimed expert on all aspects of castles.
The lecture starts at 5pm, at Burlington House, on 9 October.
More details on the lecture and the rest of our lecture series this year.
Our former president and highly regarded historian of the Royal Dockyards, Jonathan Coad, has written a new book: Support for the Fleet: architecture and engineering of the Royal Navy's Bases 1700-1914. It is available to RAI members at a fantastic 40% discount (£60 instead of £100), with free postage and packaging.
To find out how to claim this offer, please see this member's only offer page.
Our lecture programme for 2013-14 is now online. This year sees a fantastic selection of eminent speakers, who will be talking on a wide variety of subjects, from Roman Maryport to 17th century castles, from a Neolithic debate to medieval wall paintings. Put the dates in your diary!