The Museum of London is a fantastic place for tourists to learn about the unique history and culture of the English capital. Those especially passionate about unearthing the past should find yet more to enjoy at the museum next month, with a dedicated Festival of Archaeology kicking off on July 19th.
Continuing for an entire weekend, the festival's lively and eclectic programme incorporates talks, guided walks, workshops and family-friendly events – so there should be something for budding archaeologists of all ages to enjoy.
Furthermore, the majority of events are free to attend. Whether these take place at the Museum of London's premises or on the streets of the city itself, participants just need to turn up at the scheduled time.
Those wishing to embark on an expedition into the field should make spaces in their diaries for Secret Remains – a fascinating tour of the ruins of a medieval charnel house. Located under the streets of Spitalfields, this makeshift mausoleum has a long and sinister history; visitors will be accompanied by experts from English Heritage who have studied the site in depth. The party is scheduled to congregate in Bishop's Square at 11am on July 20th.
There are a handful of other archaeological sites that festival-goers can visit too, including the remains of the west gate of a Roman fort at London Wall. This particular expedition will be guided by Museum of London curators and members of the Camden Young Archaeologists Club, and is open to participants of all ages.
Meanwhile, the museum's extensive archive of invaluable metal artefacts will be exhibited in a special workshop for grown-up guests, who'll learn how curators care for tin, bronze and iron objects of up to 4,000 years in age. Interested parties are required to book in advance at a price of £10 per person and sessions run at regular intervals throughout the weekend.
The museum is ideally situated for visitors staying in luxury London hotels near the city centre. Those travelling via the London Underground should head towards the St Paul's and Barbican tube stops.