RAI Lectures Online

RAI online lectures

The RAI has decided to make its monthly lectures available online as videos, for members to watch from the comfort of their home. The Society of Antiquaries has very kindly allowed us to use their recording technology, and we hope that from now on all lectures will be recorded and made available to view after the event.

At the moment, we plan to make these lectures available only to our Ordinary members, with the possibility of making the lectures freely available after a year if the speakers are willing.

Lecture archive

Catherine Rees and Matthew Jones, Settling Down, Moving on and Coming Back – Prehistoric Discoveries at Llanfaethlu / Ymgartrefu, Symud Ymlaen a Dod yn ôl - Darganfyddiadau Cynhanesiol yn Llanfaethlu, 12 April 2023

Dr Gavin Simpson, Building Westminster Hall: modelling the original roof structure, 8 March 2023

Tony Wilmott, Recent excavations in the amphitheatre, fort and town of Richborough, 11 January 2023

Dr Steven Brindle, Reconstructing Bury St Edmunds Abbey, 9 November 2022

Nathalie Cohen and Eliott Wragg, Investigations at Smallhythe in Kent by the National Trust, 12 October 2022

Lindsay Allason-Jones, A 'scandalous trough' and Other Tales of Romano-British Sculpture, 11 May 2022

Dr Rena Maguire, Best of British? A practical analysis to later prehistoric equitation in Britain, 13 April 2022 (5 P.M.)

Kelsey Madden and Chris Dwan, Postgraduate speakers from Sheffield University, 13 April 2022 (3 P.M.)

Dr Anne Crone, The life and times of Black Loch of Myrton, an Iron Age wetland settlement in SW Scotland, 9 March 2022

Lisa Westcott Wilkins and Brendon Wilkins, Lindisfarne: new research and new ways of working, the DigVentures model in action, 9 February 2022

Dr David Roberts, A Roman shrine complex at Teffont, Wiltshire, 12 January 2022

Dr Tessa Machling and Roland Williamson, Talking torcs: a craft perspective on Iron Age gold, 8 December 2021

Dr James Wright, Tattershall Castle: The Newly Built Personality of Ralph Lord Cromwell, 10 November 2021

Dr Richard Nevell, Putting the Pieces back Together: what slighting can tell us about the past, 13 October 2021

Professor Barbara Yorke, The Staffordshire Hoard and the History of Seventh-Century England, 22 June 2021

Dr Jane Sidell, The Archaeology of the Greenwich World Heritage Site, 12 May 2021

Dr Richard Hoggett, M.R. James's East Anglia, 14 April 2021 (5 P.M.)

David Ratledge, Rob Entwistle and Mike Haken, Work by the Roman Roads Association, 14 April 2021 (3 P.M.)

Professor David Breeze, Roman Frontiers in Their Landscape Settings, 10 March 2021

Professor Gordon Noble, Fortifying Rulership: The Emergence and Development of Pictish Power Centres in Northeast Scotland, c. 300-1000 AD, 10 February 2021

Dr Peter Halkon, Petuaria Revisited: New light on Roman Brough-on-Humber, 13 January 2021

Neil Mahrer, Le Catillon II: investigating and conserving the world’s largest Iron Age hoard, 9 December 2020

Dr Rob Collins, The Genesis of Northumbria: Reconsidering the origins of an ‘English’ kingdom in light of new data, 11 November 2020 (5 P.M.)

David Marsh, Theo Reeves and Abigail Taylor, Current Postgraduate Research at The University of Birmingham, 11 November 2020 (3 P.M.)

Dr Rachel Swallow, Legend, Lordship and Landscape: Understanding the Queen's Gate, Caernarfon Castle, North Wales, 14 October 2020

Henrietta Quinnell, A Distinctive Neolithic in Devon, Cornwall and Scilly? Recent work on ceramics, axes and other things, 11 March 2020

Dr Mark Gardiner, Anglo-Saxon timber buildings: archaeological evidence for the forms and the processes of construction, 12 February 2020

Alison Telfer, From the Romans to the Saxons: results from the archaeological fieldwork at the site of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, 8 January 2020

Dr Matthew Pope, The Boxgrove Horse Butchery Site: Solving a Puzzle from the Deep Past, 11 December 2019

Professor Howard Williams, Hydraulic Borders? The Ebb and Flow of Wat’s Dyke and Offa’s Dyke, 13 November 2019

Professor John Collis, Celts and the end of Roman Britain, 9 October 2019 (Due to severe travel disruption, Maya Hoole's lecture on 'Re-Discovering Ava: the Achavanich Beaker Burial project' had to be postponed and rescheduled for 13 May 2020. Prof John Collis kindly agreed to present an impromptu lecture which was only at draft stage.)

Blaise Vyner, Wade's Causeway: A road to nowhere?, 8 May 2019

Dr Stephen Sherlock, Excavations at Street House, Loftus, North East Yorkshire: Neolithic - Anglo-Saxon, 10 April 2019

Heather Knight, Raising the Curtain on London's First Theatreland - Excavations at The Stage, Shoreditch, 9 January 2019

Beverley Ballin Smith, Bringing a large legacy project to publication - the Neolithic and Bronze Age Udal, North Uist, 12 December 2018

Richard Mortimer, The excavation of a Middle Anglo-Saxon 'King's Enclosure' at Conington, Cambridgeshire, 14 November 2018

Professor Grenville Astill, Precinct and property: the archaeology of a later medieval monastery: Bordesley Abbey in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, 10 October 2018

Professor Timothy Champion, Archaeologists at war, 1914 - 18, 9 May 2018

Dr Rachel Pope and Richard Mason, Reconsidering W.J. Varley’s Eddisbury: Results from recent excavations and historic archive research, 11 April 2018

Dr Stephen Sherlock, The Archaeology of Large Infrastructure Projects: Roads, 14 March 2018

Nathalie Cohen, Knole Unlocked: uncovering the hidden history of a great country house, 14 February 2018

Professor Oliver Creighton, The Archaeology of anarchy? landscapes of War and Status in 12th-century England, 10 January 2018

Dr Michael Lewis, 20 Years of Treasure, 13 December 2017

Dr Steve Willis, Two decades of research on the Lincolnshire Wolds: the discovery of a forgotten Roman landscape, 8 November 2017

Dr Duncan Garrow, The Lewis lochs project: exploring the earliest crannogs in Britain, 11 October 2017

Professor Timothy Champion, A brief history of RAI Presidents, 10 May 2017

Rónán Swan, New Routes to the Past: discoveries by road and light rail scheme archaeology in Ireland, 8 March 2017

Dr Antony Firth, The East Coast War Channels in the First World War, 8 February 2017

Professor Colin Haselgrove, The rise and fall of the late Iron Age royal site at Stanwick, North Yorkshire, 11 January 2017

Rachel Newman, Dacre, Cumbria, the early medieval monastery described by the Venerable Bede, 14 December 2016

Dr Mike Bishop, The Trojan Horseman: The Myth and Reality of the Crosby Garrett Helmet, 9 November 2016

Jay Carver, Portals to the Past. Controlling risk and maximising benefit on the Crossrail Archaeology Programme, 12 October 2016

Professor Timothy Champion, The making of the southern English landscape: a prehistorian's view, 11 May 2016

Shaun Richardson, Wressle Castle, East Yorkshire: Beginning to End, 13 April 2016

Dr Sebastian Becker, Connecting Through Images: on the significance of branded imagery in later Prehistoric Europe, 13 April 2016

Lawrence Billington, 'Squeezing Blood from Stones': lithic scatters and landscape occupation in Mesolithic Eastern England, 13 April 2016

Dr Marcus Brittain, The Mundane and the Macabre: A brief outline of the Ham Hill Archaeology project, 13 April 2016

Dr Andy Jones, The Whitehorse Hill Cist and its Remarkable Contents, 9 March 2016

Steffie Shields, 'Moving Heaven & Earth' - celebrating Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716-1783) and his legacy, 10 February 2016

Dr Frank Meddens, Ports, Limbs and other appendages; the archaeological signature of Cinque port confederation sites, 13 January 2016

Dr Rebecca Jones, Roman Camps in Britain: known unknowns, 9 December 2015

Dr Clive Waddington, Rescued from the Sea: excavation of a remarkable Mesolithic to medieval archaeological and palaeoenvironmental sequence at Low Hauxley, Northumberland, 11 November 2015

Tony Wilmott, 'The Whitby Abbey Headland: 21 years of archaeological endeavour', 14 October 2015

Professor David Hinton, 'Britons and Saxons in East Dorset and West Hampshire', 13 May 2015

Sadie Watson, 'Excavations at Bloomberg London: New discoveries along the Walbrook', 8 April 2015

Dr John Crook, 'The domestic buildings of St George's College, Windsor - history, archaeological recording and new discoveries', 11 March 2015

Professor Julian Richards, 'The Viking Great Army at Torksey', 11 February 2015

Professor Will Bowden, 'Urbanism in the land of the Iceni: Recent research at Venta Icenorum', 14 January 2015

Dr Vicki Cummings, 'Building the great dolmens: monumental construction in the early Neolithic of Britain and Ireland', 10 December 2014

Matt Leonard, 'Digging in the dark: modern conflict archaeology beneath the Western Front', 12 November 2014

Dr Gabor Thomas, 'Places of Power and the Conversion of Anglo-Saxon Kent: New Archaeological Perspectives from Lyminge, Kent', 8th October 2014

Farewell to the Honorary Secretary, Dr Gill Hey, 14 May 2014.

Professor David Hinton, 'Peasants' property and possessions', 14th May 2014.

Professor Ian Haynes, 'Gods, altars and temples at Roman Maryport', 9th April 2014.

Jane Rutherfoord, 'The astonishing medieval wall paintings at St. Cadoc's, Llancarfan, in South Wales', 12th March 2014.

Dr Louise Loe, 'A Viking Age mass grave, Ridgeway Hill, Dorset', 12th February 2014.

Dr Alison Sheridan, Professor Julian Thomas and Professor Alasdair Whittle debate on 'How and why did Britain become Neolithic?', 8th January 2014.

Ian Barnes, 'Archaeology within the National Trust', 11th December 2013.

Dr Michael O'Brien, 'The Monuments of the Khmer Empire from the 6th to the 13th centuries A.D.', 13th November 2013.

Professor Warwick Rodwell and Marie Louise Sauerberg, 'The Coronation Chair and Stone of Scone re-examined', 10th April 2013.

Professor Tim Champion, 'Kings of the Iron Age', 13th March 2013.

Professor David Breeze and Professor Eberhard Sauer, 'The limits of imperial power: the function of military frontier walls', 13th February 2013.

Dr Anna Keay, 'Kenilworth Castle: the progress and the hunt', 9th January 2013.

Conor Newman, 'The oldest Irish tradition: Tara and sacral kingship', 12th December 2012.

Professor Helena Hamerow, 'The origins of the kingdom of Wessex: the archaeology of the Gewisse', 14th November 2012.

Dr Steven Brindle and Brian Kerr, 'Royal Windsor: the castle reassessed', 10th October 2012.

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