All that Glitters at the Archaeological Archive

By adam corsini on 17 Sep 2014

From Billingsgate excavations 1983From Royal Mint excavations 1986From Grimes' 1949 Fortgate excavations

Being an archaeologist sometimes comes attached with this idealised image of treasure hunting; we’re meant to find gold aren’t we? Well, the reality is that most of the time we’re just shifting soil and recording lines in the earth. However, not today! Because today is all about those rare instances when shiny stuff pops up and you get a little excited. Read the full postRead the full post

Making Medieval Melodies: Top 3 archaeological musical instruments

By adam corsini on 16 Jul 2014

Medieval Key from BillingsgateJew's Harp from Custom HouseBone pipe from Thames Exchange

Tomorrow night our Archaeological Archive will be undergoing a Medieval musical makeover. We’re turning the lights down for torch lit tours of our stores, our curators have been tasked with talking about their top medieval artefacts and we’ve commissioned musicians to create modern medieval inspired melodies. Read the full postRead the full post

A Summer of Excavations at Headstone Manor

By adam corsini on 14 Jul 2014

Over the last few weeks the Museum of London has been undertaking a season of work at Headstone Manor in London’s Harrow.

Katie, one of the staff at the Harrow Museum, looks on anxiously as a mobile crane moves our temporary office into position outside the Great Barn – one of the most important medieval timber buildings to survive in London.

Katie, one of the staff at the Harrow Museum, looks on anxiously as a mobile crane moves our temporary office into position outside the Great Barn – one of the most important medieval timber buildings to survive in London.

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The Final Three

By adam corsini on 9 Jul 2014


From 1981's excavations at Swan LaneFrom 1981's excavations at Swan LaneFrom 1969's excavations at Lefevre Road

Object of VIP13: The Final

Over the past fortnight the Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive has taken to these blog pages to dazzle you with the cream of the crop of our archaeological collections. In each of the three preliminary rounds,  five objects have battled for your favour in an effort to determine which has been the best artefact that our volunteers have come across during the 13th Volunteer Inclusion Project (VIP13). Here are the final three: Read the full postRead the full post

The Object of this Blog? Find a Winner

By adam corsini on 7 Jul 2014


From 1969's excavations at Lefevre RoadFrom 1969's excavations at Lefevre RoadFrom 1981's excavations at Swan LaneFrom 1981's excavations at Swan LaneFrom 1981's excavations at Swan Lane

Object of VIP13 – Round 3

For the past week we’ve been pitting objects against each other to determine which has been the best of those worked through during the Museum of London’s 13th Volunteer Inclusion Project. Round 1’s winner was the sword/scabbard pilgrim badge and it is joined in the final with Round 2’s winner, which is…. Read the full postRead the full post

When objects get competitive…

By adam corsini on 1 Jul 2014

From 1971's excavations at Appian Road, Old FordFrom 1969's excavations at Lefevre RoadFrom 1981's excavations at Swan LaneFrom 1981's excavations at Swan LaneFrom 1981's excavations at Swan Lane

Object of VIP13 – Round 1

One of the favourite aspects of our Volunteer Inclusion Programme is that we come across loads of incredible artefacts spanning London’s history. And during our current project we’ve encountered some beauties. What we then like to do is get them battling it out, with you, The Great Blog Reading Public, helping to decide which is the very best. No real reason to do this apart from fun. So let’s get started.

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Making an Impression: Top 3 Foot/Paw Prints on Roman tiles

By adam corsini on 17 Jun 2014

 Child's footprint

I feel sorry for bricks and tiles. They sit on our shelves at the Museum of London archaeological archive alongside thousands of shiny, beautiful, sexy objects which scream out to be looked at and admired. But the brick? Well it’s pretty much a lump of clay. So how can they compete with the rest? Impressions. Read the full postRead the full post