Stories of Archaeology - A Day of Talks

Talk Special Event Heritage
  • Venue

    Southwark Cathedral Library

  • Time

    10:00 AM

  • Price


  • Book Tickets

Part of the Council for British Archaeology Festival of Archaeology 2019

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

London’s Delftware Potters and their Pots - A Talk by Mike Webber

In the early 17th century a new type of pottery began to be made in London. Known as ‘gallyware’ at the time and later as Delftware, it’s bright blue and white glazes made it extremely popular. By the end of the century, Delftware had become big business. There were 19 potteries along the banks of the Thames and their wares were exported to the British Colonies around the world. Southwark was at the heart of this major industry.

 Who made these pots and what techniques did they use? Can we identify the products of any particular pottery or even spot the work of individual potters? Mike will explore the historical and archaeological evidence for the people who worked in the Delftware potteries, particularly for those who made and decorated the pots. 

Mike Webber is a community archaeologist and educator. He specialises in the archaeology and history of the River Thames. The focus for this work has been the artefacts, particularly pot sherds, found on the Thames’ beaches. Recent work with ceramic artists and makers Clayground Collective and Raewyn Harrison has led Mike to explore the archaeological and historical evidence for the people who made the pots and the techniques that they used to form and decorate them.

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