National Archaeology Weekend
19 & 20 July 2008
To celebrate this Olympic year, Museum of London is hosting a weekend of
family activities, tours and talks looking at games and sports throughout
Become an ancient athlete and try your hand at all sorts of games. Handle
sporty objects from the Museumís collections and investigate the possible
sports injuries found on Roman and medieval Londoners skeletons. Discover
the archaeological secrets behind the preparations for Londonís 2012 Olympic
Join in throughout the day...
Find out about Roman games and leisure from Legion II Augusta.
11am-12pm, 12.30-1.30pm, 2.30-3.45pm, 4.15-5pm
Come along and play some of your favourite games Ė Big Style!
Art from the Amphitheatre
Have a go at painting scenes from gladiatorial games.
Bows and Arrows
Watch archers demonstrate their skills! Find out how medieval bows and
arrows were made.
11.30am-12.15pm, 1.30-2.15pm, 3.30-4.15pm
Get Your Skates On
Learn how medieval ice skates, a pastime dating back to the 12th century,
were made in our skate-making demonstration.
11am-12pm, 1-2pm, 2.30-3.30pm, 4-5pm
Make your own Roman gladiator lamp.
Meet experts from the Museum, including curators, osteologists,
archaeologists and conservators who will explain more about the fascinating
sporty objects in our collections.
Examine the bones of some of Londonís sporting animals.
People from the Past*
Find out about the injuries of Roman and medieval Londoners by looking at
Have a closer look at sporty objects found on excavations across London.
Get your hands on sporty objects from the Museumís collection.
Conservation in action
Find out how objects, from bone counters to bowling balls, are studied and
Archaeology from the Olympics
See some of the exciting objects found by Museum of London archaeologists
on excavations taking place in East London before the 2012 games.
Take a tour with Roman curator Jenny Hall around the remains of the Roman
Amphitheatre at Londonís Guildhall Art Gallery.
12.30-1.30pm & 2.30-3.30pm (meet in Museum of London foyer)
Advance booking required; to book your place please call the Box Office on
0870 444 3850.
*Please note that these will be historical human remains on view.