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.

Find out more about what Royal Archaeological Institute membership offers and what options are available.
View our comprehensive lecture program, covering a variety of topics between October and May every year.
The Royal Archaeological Institute has research funds available each year - discover more about funds and eligibility criteria.
Learn more about our publications, including the Archaeological Journal, our newsletter and the summer meeting reports.

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Forthcoming events

Festival of Archaeology: 11-19 July
Monday 20th July 2020

Join us to celebrate this year's Festival of Archaeology with our partners, the Council for British Archaeology.

The RAI is pleased to be a sponsor of A Day in Archaeology on 13th July. A series of 'day in the life' blogs shared to give you an insight. You can also share your own experiences. Find out how and have a look at existing blogs at: https://festival.archaeologyuk.org/day.

Saturday 1st August 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our April and May lectures have been cancelled. Burlington House will be closed until further notice.

The Spring Meeting in Dover (15-17 May) has been cancelled.

The Summer Meeting in Malmö & Copenhagen (11-18 July 2020) has been postponed to 10-17 July 2021.

Ordinary (full) members can access all recorded lectures at https://www.royalarchinst.org/rai-lectures-online. If you are an Ordinary member and require a reminder of your log in details, please email the administrator.

Associate members and non-members can access some of the recorded lectures by scrolling down to Online lectures on the following page at https://www.royalarchinst.org/lectures.

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