Roman London - What Lies Beneath
- Introduction to the Roman Gallery of the Museum of London by two people who know the collection best!
- Special access to the hidden world of the Roman London including Cripplegate Fort & Billingsgate Roman House and Baths
- On foot discovering the best of Roman Londinium
Destroyed during the rebellion by Boudica during the 1st Century AD, Roman Londinium was quickly rebuilt to become a flourishing town. In its heyday, the city was equipped with a fort, amphitheatre, large public baths, temples and substantial commercial facilities as befitted the capital of Roman Britain. Linking Britain to the rest of the Roman Empire and housing the substantial treasury, Londinium remained a wealthy town although its population gradually dwindled and a large defensive wall was built to surround the town.
Much has been discovered by excavations over the last 50 years, and the story so far is beautifully told in the Museum of London, which is adjacent to and just outside the Roman Wall. John Shepherd and Jenny Hall are both former Curators of the Roman galleries at the Museum of London, and give a first-hand account of the latest digs and discoveries. Uniquely, this Study Day also gives you chance to go underground, exploring the secret Roman city hidden beneath the modern streets.
10:00 - Meet the group at the Museum of London.
10:15 - Enjoy a guided tour of the Roman Gallery. A host of varied artefacts are waiting to be found, including a marble sculpture from the Temple of Mithras, a pot of Roman face cream and even a Roman leather bikini!
12:20 - We have special access to Fort and Billingsgate House and Baths.
13:15 - We break for lunch.
14:30 - We spend our afternoon on a walking tour of some of the sites of Roman London. We will also pay a visit to the amphitheater which was found beneath the Guildhall by archaeologists in 1988. We also visit the Mithraeum.
16:45 - Disperse (at Tower Hill Tube Station)
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Lunch - At a nearby restaurant
- Fact Sheet - Including background information about your Guide Lecturer, historical context for the Day, detailed itinerary, a suggested reading list and directions to the venue
"We were so privileged to get access to 101 Thames Street [Billingsgate House and Baths]. Even just walking over the terrain and realising why and where it sloped, made the extended site more real. As always with Andante the lecturers were super. They are friendly and approachable and explain without being patronising. It makes the 'learning' so enjoyable."
Excellent speakers Excellent lunch Guided tour of Museum of London Access to largely unknown sites on an excellent walking tour of Roman London
The knowledge and expertise of the lecturers; everything was explained very clearly and in detail. The combination of museum visit and walking tour. Meeting up with 4 people from the Pompeii trip we went on in April (and John Shepherd, who was also the lecturer on that). The lovely lunch (we are always well fed by Andante!). The provision of a short reading list was thoughtful.
My highlights were getting into places that the general public doesn't often see and visiting the Museum of London with the best-informed people and of course a very good lunch!
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See something old in a new way
Andante Study Days offer rare, often unique, insights into the world of working archaeology. All are led by expert guides, and are designed to give guests access to some of the best of British Archaeology...
What to expect
- An expert guide to accompany you throughout the Day
- A mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, handling sessions, guided tours and walks
- Special access to museums, sites and galleries otherwise closed to the general public (where specified)
- Small Groups 12-25 guests
- The company of like-minded people!