The Archaeology of Brentford Waterside: webinar 29 July 2021

This is an event put on by MOLA (originally the Museum of London’s archaeological unit). We’ve been waiting some time for a chance to find out what has been happening across the huge development site, so this is very exciting!

They write that “the archaeological excavations at Brentford Waterside are enriching the story of this landscape between river and road. Join us at this free webinar from 6-7pm on 29 July to see footage from the site and meet the team behind the dig”.

Sign up here and they will send you the link to the event. For those who are not familiar with online events, you simply enter the link into your web browser on the evening of the event and you will be admitted at the advertised time.

If you are unable to join the webinar but want some information about the excavations visit their website here 

The Havering Hoard, talk by Kate Sumnall, 20 July 2021

The Havering Hoard – a gift to the gods or a forgotten metal worker’s store?
An online talk by Kate Sumnall, 6.30pm, 20 July 2021

Free tickets available at Ticketsource

Kate Sumnall with finds from the Havering Hoard

The Havering Hoard is the largest ever Bronze Age hoard to be discovered in London and can be seen in an exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands until 22 August 2021. The Hoard comprises 453 objects from between 900BC and 800BC, including a huge number of axes, and weapons such as spearheads, sword fragments, daggers and knives, besides other unusual objects less often found in the UK.

The curator of the exhibition, Kate Sumnall, has delved into the Museum of London’s collections and has also selected thirteen fantastic artefacts from Thomas Layton’s collection (including some from Brentford and Chiswick) to help place the Hoard into the context of wider activity along the London stretch of the Thames Valley in the Bronze Age. The exhibition offers new insights into the people who lived and worked near the river.

The Thomas Layton Trust has invited Kate Sumnall to share these remarkable discoveries. Why were these valuable items buried? Kate will explore the people, their craft-skills and their connections with the continent, and offer tantalising glimpses into their beliefs and values.

Kate Sumnall has been the Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of London since 2017. She has previously curated the popular exhibition Secret Rivers in 2019 and Trauma about Roman gladiators in 2018. Prior to this she was the Finds Liaison Officer for Greater London, part of the national Portable Antiquities Scheme. As well as working closely with members of the public to record and research archaeological finds, Kate has also organised several community digs across London.

News update . . .

The Society’s talks programme will resume after a summer break. We are planning a series of online talks, as matters relating to the pandemic are still uncertain. The first talk will be on 20 September when James Marshall, former manager of Hounslow’s Local Studies & Archives, will speak about the history of the Great West Road. This promises to be very good as he is the expert, and has been working during the lockdowns on updating his long out-of-print book on the subject. Full details will be sent to members in early September with the rest of the Autumn Programme. Speakers are still to be finalised, but the other dates for your diary are 18 October, 15 November and 20 December 2021.

The thirtieth issue of our Journal will be ready to post to all paid-up B&CLHS members in early June and will be added to the bookshop elsewhere on this site soon afterwards.

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