Unearthing South London: A place in the country

By adam corsini on 13 Oct 2014

Roman horse head  found down a wellEarly Roman glass beadRoman ceramic jar found down a well

Our current Unearthing London project is taking a look at the history of Beddington, which straddles the border of Croydon and Sutton. In my previous blog, we saw evidence of prehistoric activity; we went back 10000 years to a time when all that was there was a river channel; back 3000 years when settlers were engaged in animal husbandry; back 2000 years when Iron Age residents were building houses and living the domestic life. It’s time for the Romans… Read the full postRead the full post

Uneathing Havering: Beyond the museum

By adam corsini on 6 Dec 2013

Havering's History UncoveredHavering locals hold a piece of history in their handsVisitors learn about Havering's history from Adam CorsiniHavering's history is uncovered in the local shopping centre!

Quite some time ago, a visitor to the 1851 Great exhibition in Hyde Park bought a souvenir tobacco pipe, smoked it and headed east out of London where they threw it away. A long time ago, a Roman Londoner heading to Colchester stopped off along the way somewhere near Romford. An exceptionally long time ago, a group of people followed the migrating wildlife to what would become the north eastern section of the Thames, knapped some flint and set up camp. This past month, the Museum of London has followed suit and I’ve been popping up in East London too, bringing back the past to the people of Havering. Read the full postRead the full post

Pot Idol: the winner!

By other museum staff on 18 Jul 2012

Pot Idol is a contest to find the ceramic star of tomorrow! The winner will be given its time to shine and brought out from the archives at the Museum of London’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hands-on pots, taking place on 21 and 22 July. Over the last couple of months we have presented 6 hopeful pots for your consideration and asked you to decide which you would like to win the coveted title of Pot Idol. The votes are in, and the winner of Pot Idol 2012, with 50% of the vote, is…Money Box! This 16th – 17th […]

A 'potted' history of samian ware

By other museum staff on 12 Jul 2012

Project Assistant, Verity Anthony, describes her work digitising the Museum of London’s collection of samian ware for Collections Online. The Museum of London has an extensive collection of Roman samian ware, approximately 25,000-30,000 pieces, either on display in the Roman London gallery or in our Ceramic and Glass Store. About 14,000 of these are decorated pieces, and it is this part of the collection which I’m currently working on; photographing the pieces, marking them with their correct accession number and photographing or scanning them, before updating the digital records for all the pieces. The scope of the collection is such […]

Pot Idol: the final

By other museum staff on 3 Jul 2012

Yes, it’s the moment we have all been waiting for…the final of Pot Idol 2012. The six finalists have one last chance to win your hearts and then it is over to you to pick your favourite ceramic star. The champion will not only win the coveted title of Pot Idol, they will also appear at the Museum’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hand-on pots, on 21 and 22 July. So here are the contenders one last time… Will you pick our first contestant, Imbrex, from Lime Street? Imbrex is a fragment of Roman roof tile. Not only would Imbrex […]

Pot Idol: contestant six

By other museum staff on 26 Jun 2012

Pot Idol is a contest to find the ceramic star of tomorrow! The winner will be given its time to shine and brought out from the archives at the Museum of London’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hands-on pots. Over the next six weeks we will be presenting 6 hopeful pots for your consideration – it’s down to you to decide which will win the coveted title of Pot Idol. Once all of the hopefuls have been given a chance to win your hearts, we will ask you to cast your vote and change the life of one lucky pot. […]

Pot Idol: contestant five

By other museum staff on 19 Jun 2012

Pot Idol is a contest to find the ceramic star of tomorrow! The winner will be given its time to shine and brought out from the archives at the Museum of London’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hands-on pots. Over the next six weeks we will be presenting 6 hopeful pots for your consideration – it’s down to you to decide which will win the coveted title of Pot Idol. Once all of the hopefuls have been given a chance to win your hearts, we will ask you to cast your vote and change the life of one lucky pot. […]

Pot Idol: contestant four

By other museum staff on 12 Jun 2012

Pot Idol is a contest to find the ceramic star of tomorrow! The winner will be given its time to shine and brought out from the archives at the Museum of London’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hands-on pots. Over the next six weeks we will be presenting 6 hopeful pots for your consideration – it’s down to you to decide which will win the coveted title of Pot Idol. Once all of the hopefuls have been given a chance to win your hearts, we will ask you to cast your vote and change the life of one lucky pot. […]