Cultural Heritage Institute

For over 170 years the Royal Agricultural University has been at the forefront of research and education in the land-based industries.

This year the University opens a fresh chapter as it expands into the exploration, understanding and management of the Historic Environment – a perfect complement to our established programmes with their emphasis on sustainable landscapes, towns, cities and businesses.

Join us as we launch the Cultural Heritage Institute and start building an exciting future in archaeology, applied heritage and historic environment management, with a ground-breaking MBA, new taught masters programmes, high level CPD and research opportunities leading to masters by research and doctorate of philosophy. The CHI will enable you to gain professional experience, build a portfolio of knowledge and skills and ultimately enhance your career.

Our Masters programmes have been developed in partnership with practitioners from across cultural heritage. Our teaching team brings together experienced university lecturers and professionals from archaeological and heritage practice including major consultancies such as Wessex Archaeology. All share an ambition to build distinctive, innovative and creative courses that will make your learning experience at CHI memorable and enjoyable.

Being in Swindon certainly gives you access to some amazing learning resources including Historic England, English Heritage, the National Monuments Archive, the National Trust and Steam – the museum of the Great Western Railway. All within a five minute walk.

This new organisation invites you to grow along with us. It is going to be an exciting journey.

RAU Swindon                                               

RAU Swindon is the home of the Cultural Heritage Institute. Situated in a purpose converted workshop in the railway heritage quarter of Swindon this £1.35m investment provides modern and fully accessible facilities in an innovative learning space calculated to encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary studies. Designed by award winning architects Metropolitan Workshop and with the generous support of Swindon Borough Council the project is a case study in sustainable, heritage-led, regeneration.

Centrally placed for easy access by rail (we are five minute walk from the railway station) and road you should be able to reach us easily.

For further information on the CHI and our programmes please contact the Director, Dr Geraint Coles at [email protected].