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.
Please note that the log-in at the top of this page is for subscribing libraries and Ordinary members, in order for them to access recent online editions of our journal and view online lectures. Please e-mail the Administrator, if you require a username and password for this service.
Congratulations to our members who have been recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours- Professor Martin Biddle, C.B.E. and Dr Jane Grenville, O.B.E. and our Vice-President William Britnell, M.B.E.
After our AGM on 14th May, the Institute bade a fond farewell and thank you to Dr Gill Hey, our Honorary Secretary for the past 12 years, as she retires from the post. You can watch the event in our online video.
The Institute has produced a 55 page booklet on last year's conference, 'The Impact of Rome on the British Countryside'. All members and subscribing libraries received a copy in their last mailing, but if you would like to buy a copy the price is £10 (including post and packaging). A preview and full contents list, plus instructions for ordering, can be found on our Summer Meeting Reports page.
Our London docklands walk, which took place on 26 October last year, was kindly filmed for us by Oliver Nissel, a student from the University of Portsmouth. This has now been edited into a 46 minute documentary, available to watch online. Led by historian Hedley Swain, the walk took in interesting historical sights and facts about Thames-side south London. Watch the full film on our meetings page or see a brief trailer first.