Londoners will by now be familiar with the Crossrail works scattered around the city, but probably less so with the artefacts uncovered during excavation. Now’s our chance to change that.
Crossrail’s Portals to the Past exhibition will display more than 50 archaeological finds, from a Roman cremation pot (which contained remains when discovered) to 16th century jewellery. It’s on at the Crossrail Visitor Information Centre between 15 February and 15 March.Visitors will also get the chance to see Roman skulls found buried in one of London’s lost rivers and find out more about the capital’s greatest Victorian shipbuilding yard.
Crossrail’s archaeologists will give a lecture at 6pm each Wednesday evening:
19 February — The Urban Realm — Buildings archaeology by Julian Munby from Oxford Archaeology.
26 February — Crisis and The Black Death by Sam Pfizenmaier from Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA).
5 March — Beyond the City Walls, Recent finds from Liverpool Street Station by Alison Telfer, MOLA.
12 March — London’s Last Great Shipbuilder – The Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company by Danny Harrison, MOLA.
Portals to the Past is free, and will be held at the Crossrail Visitor Information Centre behind Centre Point at 6-18 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LN. It opens to the public on Tuesday to Saturday from 11am, no booking is necessary but if you want to attend the lectures, get there early as numbers are restricted to 50 per talk.
Picture from Crossrail website.