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.
Getting into places that the general public doesn't often see. Visiting the Museum of London with the best-informed people. A very good lunch! - Guest, 2015
Meeting time / place
10:00 at the Museum of London
End time / place
16:45 near Tower Hill Tube Station
Guided tour of the Roman Gallery in the Museum of London, including such varied artefacts as marble sculpture from the Temple of Mithras, a pot of Roman face cream and a Roman leather bikini!
At a nearby restaurant.
Walking tour of some of the sites, including special access to Cripplegate Fort, a visit to the amphitheatre beneath the Guildhall and special access to Billingsgate House and Baths.
- 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
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.
"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."
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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!