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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Dr John Crook will be speaking about the Deanery and the Canons’ Houses at St George’s College, Windsor, together with their two cloisters, which are undergoing major refurbishment. This has provided a unique opportunity to investigate the evolution of this important group of buildings, much of whose architecture dates from the 1350s. More primary fabric survives than was originally thought, together with interesting features from later periods.
The Spring Meeting will be based in Poole, Dorset and will be led by our President, Professor David Hinton. During the weekend, three distinct environments will be considered: the maritime, the mixed geology of the Purbeck peninsula, and the Wessex chalklands. Sites which we will visit include Poole Harbour, Wareham Museum and sites, Corfe Castle and Hod Hill Iron Age hillfort. For more information and to book your place, see the booking form and programme.
This visit to Colchester Castle Museum will be led by the Curator, Philip Wise, who will give an introduction to the building, including reassessment of the Norman features. This will be followed by a tour of the building, including the Roman remains. After lunch, the Curator will speak about the important Iron Age and Roman collections, after which there will be time to look round the galleries. To book your place on this visit, please fill in and return the booking form by 27 February.
The programme for our Maritime Conference includes lectures on new research on HMS Victory, investigation of the 'lost' port of Dunwich, sea level changes, submerged landscapes in Northern Ireland, the Mary Rose, the Dover boat, the Must Farm log boats and more. Booking Deadline: 1 October. The programme and booking form are available to download HERE.