Stories of Archaeology - A Day of Talks

Talk Special Event Heritage
  • Venue

    Southwark Cathedral Library

  • Time

    10:00 AM

  • Price


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Southwark Cathedral is delighted to host a day of talks in our Garry Weston Library looking at different aspects of archaeology.

Talks include the following;

Religion and Ritual in the River Thames - A talk by Nathalie Cohen

People have been depositing all sorts of items in the waters of the Thames for thousands of years, communities have also buried their dead on the foreshore and performed ceremonies by the river’s edge.  This talk will discuss aspects of religion and ritual along the River Thames from prehistory to the present day, drawing on the results of archaeological survey and investigation,  and discoveries made by mudlarkers searching for artefacts in the inter-tidal zone.

Nathalie Cohen works as a regional archaeologist for the National Trust and as the Cathedral Archaeologist at Canterbury Cathedral.  Previously, she led the Thames Discovery Programme (community archaeology on London’s foreshore) for ten years. 

The Archaeology of Performace Spaces in London -A talk by Paul Duncan McGarrity

His talk will look at the archaeological evidence for performance spaces in London and how these buildings helped to shape the art forms seen there.

Paul Duncan McGarrity combines his day-job as a Public Engagement Archaeologist with Museum of London with his performances on the UK comedy circuit. He has gigged in castles, museums and comedy clubs across the country, appeared on The Big Dig on BBC4, and has written for Radio 4. He is also the host of the 'Ask an Archaeologist' podcast.  

Shipwrecks of the Port of London: the Archaeological Evidence for Roman, Medieval and Later Ships along the Thames - A Talk by Joe Flatman

This talk will explore some of the archaeological discoveries of ships and shipwrecks made over the years along the Thames, including the Roman vessel beneath Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and the Medieval ships found near Blackfriars Bridge. The talk will include comparisons with similar sites and cities around Europe.

Joe Flatman works for the National Trust, leading a team of heritage consultants working on NT sites across SE England. Originally trained as an archaeologist, he has worked in a variety of heritage-focused roles in universities, local and central government since 2001. He tweets in a personal capacity as @joeflatman

More speakers to be announced!