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Archaeology for All KS3

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Pupils will study the history of the local area employing the historical enquiry skills used by archaeologists. Pupils will discover how fragments of history can build up a picture of the past.

Session 1 On the riverside pupils will develop an understanding of what the Thames is like today and gain knowledge of river geography. Fieldwork on the foreshore involves collecting and identifying historic artefacts as evidence of river settlement. The session will enable pupils to gain an understanding and awareness of the past and will compare it to the present.

Session 2 Indoor activities will enable pupils to learn how to distinguish between different materials and identify and date artefacts using specially designed sorting boards. Pupils will investigate how artefacts found around the Thames help us to build a picture of London’s history. By doing this they will gain a chronological knowledge from pre-history to present day.

Archaeology for All Loans Box
Contains artefacts, specially designed sorting boards and a how to, users guide. £30 for three weeks hire. T&Cs apply


Museum of London, Museum of London Docklands, Greenwich, Southwark and Fulham Palace.

Duration: Full day programme – 4 hours plus half an hour for lunch. Half day’s available on request at all sites except Fulham Palace. We only offer half day programmes at Southwark and Greenwich.

Costs can be found here

Practical information can be found here

Learning objectives

Please send us your learning objectives in advance of your trip so we can tailor the programme to your requirements.

Please help us preserve London’s heritage by not taking artefacts from the foreshore

Please read our artefact policy