London Archaeology Class Visits The Rose Theatre, Bankside

The London Archaeology class recently visited the Rose Theatre, Bankside to explore the archaeological finds at the location.  There were also performances that involved impromptu student participation!  Professor Fay Stevens writes:

‘Our London Archaeology field trips continue with an informative and entertaining visit to the extraordinary remains of the Rose Playhouse, Bankside’s first theatre dating to 1587.  Here, we were fortunate to have the expertise of Suzanne Marie (Honorary Artistic Associate) and Marica Gambina (Actress).  Through the experienced eye of Suzanne, we learnt about the history and significance of the theatre, its archaeological finds and the exciting plans for future development.’

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Student Article Published in the British Art Journal!

Marriage a la Mode: II - The Tete a Tete, c.1743 (oil on canvas)We are thrilled to announce that an article by undergraduate Kaitlyn Farrell, written for the ‘Masterpieces: Making and Meaning’ course in Spring 2013 has been published in the latest issue of the British Art Journal. This is a truly exceptional achievement, and we pass on our congratulations to Kaitlyn. Copies of her article will be available in the London Undergraduate Program library soon.

Kaitlyn FarrellA dog’s world: The significance of canine companions in Hogarth’s Marriage A-la-Mode’, British Art Journal, XIV, no. 2

– Lois Oliver (Professor of Art History, London Global Gateway)

Image: William Hogarth, Marriage A- la-mode, c. 1743, Scene 2: The Tête à Tête (The National Gallery, London)

Inside London Photo Contest Winner!

Eye on the Bright Blue Sky by Colby Hoyer Big congratulations to Colby Hoyer who is this semester’s winner of the Inside London Photo Contest, with her composition “Eye on the Bright Blue Sky.”

Judged by the London Undergraduate Program staff, including Director Warren von Eschenbach and Director of Student Affairs Judy Hutchinson, and University Photographer Matt Cashore, the competition challenged undergraduate students to capture the relationship between London’s past and present on camera.

Colby says:

“I took this photo on the very first day of orientation while we were walking by the London Eye. I was blown away by the fairytale appearance of this amazing city. I couldn’t believe its beauty or how perfectly the bridge in the middle of the photo linked the Modern London Eye and the 11th century House of Parliament. Both of these structures have become icons of the city of London, a testimony to the combination of rich history and modern achievements that make London what it is today.”

Congratulations also to Matt Zajac and Justin Chen for their contributions “Squeezed Cathedral” (Zajac), “Southwark Cathedral and the Shard” (Zajac), and “Toward Modernity” (Chen), which all received Highly Commended.

Thanks and well done to all the students who entered the competition.

– Emily 

Image ©Colby Hoyer

London Archaeology Class Visit the Thames Foreshore

The London Archaeology class on the Thames foreshore near Vauxhall Bridge with Courtney Nimura and Natalie Cohen by Fay StevensFay Stevens, Adjunct Professor of Archaeology and Ethics and London Archaeology writes:

Our London Archaeology fieldtrips continue with an illuminating excursion on Saturday 2nd February onto the Thames foreshore.  Here, we were fortunate to have the expertise of two experienced field and foreshore archaeologists Dr Courtney Nimura and Nathalie Cohen from the Thames Discovery Programme.  Through the experienced eyes of Courtney and Nathalie, we observed prehistoric features, ancient peat deposits, riverine industrial structures and a host of cultural funds, including a piece of Victorian salt glazed pottery, an exquisite sherd of hand painted 17th century Delft ceramic ware, fragments of clay pipes and a variety of ceramic pieces.  We extended our discussions to consider the social and cultural context of the archaeology we were engaging with as we explored themes of trade, social mobility, cultural identity and the palimpsest of the London Landscape.

Courtney and Nathalie write:

‘The Thames Discovery Programme is a large scale community archaeology project, hosted at Museum of London Archaeology.  When the tide is out, the Thames is the longest open – air archaeological site in London, and much of the foreshore is freely accessible to the public.  However, many of the exposed archaeological sites are often unrecognised and unprotected, and almost all are vulnerable to the twice – daily scouring of the tidal river, and thus require close monitoring.  Building on initiatives pioneered by the Museum of London’s Thames Archaeological Survey that took place from 1993 – 1999, and the Thames Explorer Trust’s innovative education projects, the Thames Discovery Programme aims to communicate an understanding and informed enjoyment of the historic Thames to the widest possible audience. This ambitious project was launched with generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2008, and has been hosted at MOLA since November 2011.  Other partners include the Museum of London, English Heritage and the UCL Institute of Archaeology.  Our roles are twofold: to monitor and record the archaeology of the Thames foreshore with the support of our volunteers, the FROG (Foreshore Recording and Observation Group), and to enable access to the intertidal zone by members of the public, and disseminate information about the archaeology of the foreshore in person, in print and online.  It was a pleasure to show students from University of Notre Dame the site at Vauxhall – one of our key sites – and we hope everyone enjoyed it!’

Olivia Cogan and Jennifer Kalan with their foreshore ceramic finds by Fay StevensFind out more information about exploring the foreshore safely
Find out more information about reporting artefacts
For more information about different kinds of artefacts and structure on the foreshore have a look at the ‘Discover’ page

Information on the Thames Discovery Programme foreshore activities, as well as talks, lectures and online resources can be found at
Facebook: Thames Discovery Programme
Twitter: @ThamesDiscovery

Images: The London Archaeology class on the Thames foreshore near Vauxhall Bridge with Courtney Nimura and Natalie Cohen, and Olivia Cogan and Jennifer Kalan with their foreshore ceramic finds.  ©Fay Stevens

New London Archaeology Course Gets Off to an Exciting Start!

 width=Fay Stevens, Adjunct Professor of Archaeology and Ethics and London Archaeology writes:

‘London Archaeology: Local and Global Perspectives’, is a new course in the London Undergraduate Program.  Based predominately around field trips and workshops, the course sets out to explore the archaeology of London and consider local, global, transcultural and intercultural perspectives at play in the sites and museums we visit.

On Tuesday 28th January, we visited the British Museum with an engaging presentation of the Americas Collection by curator Dr Jago Cooper and museum assistant Kate Jarvis.  Dr Cooper gave a fascinating talk on the history of the collection and its context within the museum.  This was followed by a tour of the Americas Galleries.  Here, we engaged with the presentation of the collection and explored the future development and extension of the galleries.

Dr Cooper says:

“The British Museum Americas collection is one of the finest in the world and my role is to ensure the continuing curation, presentation, and development of the collection for future generations.

It was a great pleasure to show such an interesting group of students from University of Notre Dame the galleries and get their thoughts on how to improve them.

The British Museum is a museum of the world for the world and with this in mind it was wonderful to have an opportunity to spend some time with the next generation of Americas’ brightest minds”

Our trip marks an exciting time for the Americas Collection as Dr Cooper starts to update the displays and make plans for a new permanent South American Gallery in the future.

More information on the Americas at the British Museum can be found on the website.


Image: The London Archaeology class with Dr Jago Cooper (Curator of the Americas Collection) and Kate Jarvis (Museum Assistant) in the Americas Galleries, British Museum

©Fay Stevens