People are going crazy for our latest blockbuster exhibition, Sherlock: The Man Who Never Lived & Will Never Die. Over at the Archaeological Archive, we’ve delved into the boxes to find some of the objects in our collection that over the years have posed peculiar puzzles for archaeologists to figure out.
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 post
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 post
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 post
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 post
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.
Some of the highlights of the Museum of London’s medieval collection are the pilgrim souvenirs from Thomas Becket’s shrine in Canterbury. This shrine was the most important in the country in the medieval period and thousands of Londoners would have made the four-day journey to Canterbury Cathedral, bringing back small pewter badges and holy water bottles as proof of their visit. Read the full post
In June the tours of the Archaeological Archive will be called: ‘What, this old thing?’ and will be investigating shoes and dress accessories through the ages. In this blog we’ll be looking in more detail at three of the wonderful objects that the Archaeological Archive’s volunteers will be showing in the tours. Read the full post
“It’s week 3 of the 13th Volunteer Inclusion Program, and it’s already gone so quickly!” Read the full post