Thursday 17 May 2012

Tower of London Archaeology Weekend

From Eloise Maxwell at Historic London Palaces:

Tower of London Archaeology Weekend
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2012
11:00 - 16:00 (foreshore open according to tides, see below)

Come down to the historic stretch of the Thames by the infamous Traitors Gate for a free, fun weekend of archaeology activities and maybe even try your hand at being an archaeologist on the Tower's river foreshore.

This is the only time of the year that the foreshore of the Thames outside the Tower of London is open to the public – a chance to discover what has been thrown away or lost from the Tower over the last 900 years. Previous finds have included Roman roof tiles and Tudor coins.

With stalls from the City of London Archaeological Society, the Historic Royal Palaces Conservators, the Thames Discovery Programme and the Port of London Authority, you can discover the secrets of archaeology, the Tower and the river Thames in fun displays and activities.

You could also get the chance to go down onto the Tower's river foreshore and take part in surface level archaeology, seeing what you can uncover as you get 'hands on'!

The foreshore will be open at the following times (subject to the tides/safety): Saturday 26 May: 11:00 - 12:30 approx; Sunday 27 May: 11:00 - 13:00 approx.

Wear sensible shoes if you plan to go onto the foreshore (Tower Beach). Access to the foreshore is via stairs (approximately 20 steps), which unfortunately means that for people with mobility difficulties, access to this is limited, although all activities on the Wharf are accessible.

Surface level archaeology is allowed, but metal detectors are not permitted.

For more information and images please contact Eloise Maxwell in the Historic Royal Palaces press office on or 0203 166 6340

NB: This is a free event, and takes place outside the walls of the Tower of London on the riverside Wharf. No booking is required. Access to the river foreshore is dependent upon safety and the tide times. Access is on a first come, first served basis, and numbers will be restricted to up to 500, depending upon safety advice. Only surface level archaeology is permitted and any significant finds must be recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.


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