Not many exhibitions can show off such diverse disinterments as a 55 million-year-old piece of resin, a skeleton from Bedlam and a medieval wig curler. The Crossrail project, excavating down so deep it's in danger of waking a Balrog, is turning up all manner of curiosities from days of and before yore. A selection of 100 recently unearthed artifacts will go on show at the Crossrail Visitor Information Centre, nestling in the shadow of Centre Point, from 2-27 October.
Each Wednesday in October will also see a talk about the excavations:
- 3 October: Crossrail's ambitious archaeology programme
- 10 October: Uncovering Bedlam under Liverpool Street and London's greatest ironworks at Limmo Peninsula
- 17 October: Discovering a Tudor manor house at Stepney Green
- 24 October: Paddington's prehistoric animals and the coming of the railway
All talks begin at 6.30pm and last around half an hour. They're free and on a first-come basis.
For a taster of what to expect at the exhibition, listen to our recent episode of Londonist Out Loud, in which N Quentin Woolf interviews some of the archaeologists involved.