The Royal Anthropological Institute has
six honours and distinctions at its disposal. These awards are announced
in ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY.
Huxley Memorial Medal and Lecture
This distinction was instituted in 1900
in memory of Thomas Henry Huxley and is the highest honour at the
disposal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
It is awarded annually, by ballot of
the Council, to a scientist, British or foreign, distinguished in
any field of anthropological research in the widest sense.
The lecture is normally delivered at a special meeting of the Institute
in November and is followed by the presentation of the medal. The
Lecture is normally published by the Institute.
Rivers Memorial Medal
The Medal was founded in 1923 by the
Council of the Institute in memory of its late President, William
Halse Rivers, originally for `for anthropological work in the field'.
However, in the 1960s the rules were amended to reflect anthropological
work in a broader sense.
The Medal shall be awarded for a recent
body of work published over a period of five years which makes,
as a whole, a significant contribution to social, physical or cultural
anthropology or archaeology.
The Medal will not normally awarded for
a single meritorious work nor merely for an exceptional number of
The Medal will normally be awarded ,
but the Council reserves the right not to make an award in any year,
if in its opinion, the nominations fail to reach the required standard
for a medal which should reward exceptional merit.
The Medal rewarded in any year shall
be presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Institute, unless
the Council has requested the Medallist to deliver a lecture in
connection with the award, when the Medal shall be presented after
The award shall be made by the Council.
An award may be made by the Council at any meeting not less than
on month before the Annual General Meeting of the Institute. Nominations
may be made by any member of the Council. They should be addressed
to the President, and there should be seconder. The name of nominee
should be accompanied by titles and dates of the publications adduced
in support, together with a reasoned appraisal of the nominee's
work. Nominations must have been submitted to the Committee on Honours
The Medal will normally be awarded to persons with some British connections.
The Henry Myers Lecture
The Henry Myers Lecture on the Role of
Religion in Society was founded by Henry Myers, a Fellow of the
Insitute, in 1945 to further the study of man's mental and spiritual
The Lecture shall be nominated, and the subject proposed for the lecture
shall be accepted by the Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute
and shall be published in the Journal of the Institute.
The Curl Lectureship
The Council of the Royal Anthropological
Institute approved the institution of a Curl Lectureship, to be
awarded biennially and to alternate with the Henry Myers Lecture.
The first Lecture was held in 1963 and
the Lecturer will be elected by the Council of the Institute.
Preference will be given to a topic from
the fields of biological anthropology, archaeology, material culture,
ethnomusicology and linguistics; and the lecturer should normally
be under forty years of age.
Lucy Mair Medal for Applied Anthropology
The Lucy Mair Medal for Applied Anthropology
is awarded annually by the Royal Anthropological Institute. First
awarded in 1998, the Medal is intended to honour the application
of anthropology to the relief of poverty and distress, and to the
active recognition of human dignity. Persons may not apply, but
consideration of the Medal Committee, which will make a recommendation
to the RAI Council. The Medal may be awarded at any stage in a person's
career, it is not intended to recognize contributions to anthropological
theory, as well as to applied anthropology, are not thereby excluded
from consideration. The Medal Committee may consider not only a
nominees's publications, but also such work as practical advice
to governments and voluntary organizations. There is no restriction
as to the nationality, residence etc. of nominees. Nominations
for should be sent to the Director, RAI, 50 Fitzroy Street,
London W1T 5BT by the 1st of April each year. It is recommended that nominations
should be carefully argued and supported by appropriate documentation.
The Patron's Medal
The Patron's Medal shall be awarded
from time to time for distinguished services to Anthropology and
to the Institute. It is not intended that the Medal shall be awarded
A recommendation shall be made to
the Patron by the Council on the recommendation of the Committee
on Honours and Awards.
details on the design of the Patron's Medal