Bishopsgate Institute guest blog: East End in Focus

By sarah madden, blog editor on 11 Mar 2014
Crispin & Duval Street 1912

Crispin & Duval Street 1912

Stefan Dickers, Bishopsgate Institute’s Library and Archives Manager, gives us a rundown of some of his favourite images and street photographers discussed in a new event series East End in Focus. Inspired by pictures taken by C. A. Mathew over a hundred years ago, these images shine a light on the streets and people of Spitalfields and the surrounding area. Read the full postRead the full post

Bone Books

By mike henderson on 19 Sep 2012

Hot off the Press….this month sees the publication of two brand new MOLA monographs invovling the work of the osteology team. Excavations at New Bunhill Fields, Southwark in 2008 uncovered evidence of a heavily used private burial ground. Documentary sources suggest that from c 1821–53 up to 33,000 burials may have taken place in the commercial Nonconformist burial ground. Excavation of 827 wooden coffin burials allowed comparisons of the use of the burial ground, coffin furniture and burial finds with other contemporary cemeteries. Of particular interest were the good level of preservation of floral remains in a child’s coffin, ceramic […]

Archaeology meets Who Do You Think You Are? Linking present day people and archaeological finds from 1820s Spitalfields

By nigel jeffries on 30 Jun 2011

Thanks to my earlier blog about Museum of London Archaeology’s ( research on Regency and Victorian Spitalfields, I had reply from Rick and Roy Glanvill. We focused on finding the descendents of the people that had occupied the remains of some of the houses we excavated that once stood on Fort, Steward and Duke Street. Rick and his uncle Roy are the descendents of the silk manufacturer James Vernell who lived at 24 Fort Street. During our extensive excavations around the present day market completed a decade ago we uncovered a cesspit that served this property. The cesspit – a brick-lined feature dug in the ground to deposit human waste, […]

Linking 19th-century archaeological artefacts with 19th-century lives: A genealogical approach for the archaeology of Spitalfields

By nigel jeffries on 11 Jun 2008

Since I joined the organisation in 1998, much of my work at the Museum of London Archaeology has been focussed on analysing and interpreting the vast quantities of 16th-19th century dated artefacts excavated as part of the redevelopment of the area between London’s Bishopsgate and Spitalfields market (just to the north of Liverpool Street station) during 1994-2005 (modern map). Much of this material was found during the abandonment of backyard features of a dozen or so houses built during the late 17th/early 18th century. These backyard features, related either to the drainage of the kitchen, yard and guttering (soakaway pits) or […]