Every year, the RAI arranges at least three Meetings for its members. The Autumn and Spring meetings consist of one-day or weekend visits to buildings and monuments. Specialist guides accompany us on the visits, many of which provide access to buildings not usually open to the public.
The Summer Meeting is held in a British, Irish or European location. In addition to a comprehensive programme of guided visits to places of special interest, there are evening lectures, and on the last evening, the Annual Dinner of the Institute. The Summer Meeting report is usually published with the following Archaeological Journal.
We are creating an archive of past meetings, where videos and photographs from previous trips and events are hosted.
The Autumn Meeting took place a little earlier than usual, to take advantage of the opportunity to be shown the conservation work being undertaken by the National Trust at one of Kent’s great houses, set in parkland which has also been the subject of recent research.
The Spring meeting of the Institute will be based in Whitby which is situated on the east coast of Yorkshire at the mouth of the Esk. The east cliff is home to Whitby Abbey and Church. The fishing port developed during the Middle Ages supporting herring and whaling fleets. The nearby village of Staithes is where Captain Cook learnt his seamanship.
Price: £150 (includes all entrance fees, lunch, wine reception and Saturday lunch and supper)
Accommodation: Members are responsible for booking their own accommodation. The Whitby Tourist accommodation sites are: www.visitwhitby.com and www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/whitby
Summer 2017 sees the Institute return to Ireland but this time to the area in and around Cork. Hedley Swain will lead the meeting and the group will be based at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Travel arrangements: Members will make their own travel arrangements for Cork.
Payment: Tickets will be available to members only. Please send the form with a non-returnable deposit of £150 for each person, together with a stamp. A cheque for the balance should be forwarded to the Assistant Meetings Secretary by 28th May at the latest. Members wishing to pay the full amount at the time of booking may of course do so. In the event of cancellation, the following refunds of the balance will apply:
up to 35 days before the meeting – 30 % refund
less than 35 days before the Meeting – no refund
£1280: Single room (includes all entrance fees, dinner, packed lunch, bed and breakfast)
£970: Twin/Double room (includes all entrance fees, dinner, packed lunch, bed and breakfast)