LAMAS Lecture Programme October 2017 - May 2018

All lectures are held on Tuesdays at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN, beginning at 6.30pm.  Please note: the Annual General Meeting begins at 6.15pm. 
Refreshments are available from 6.00pm (5.30pm before AGM).  Visitors are always welcome, especially from affiliated societies (non-members are asked to donate £2).


10 October 2017
Sir Stephen Fox’s House and Garden at Chiswick
Sally Jeffrey, independent architectural and garden historian
Sir Stephen Fox had a new house and garden built next door to Lord Burlington’s Chiswick Villa in 1682-6, designed by the architect Hugh May with a distinguished team of craftsmen including Antonio Verrio and Grinling Gibbons.  It had a large conservatory, a pleasure garden and a fruit garden.  The house was demolished in c.1812 but the walled gardens survive as part of Chiswick House grounds and there are views and descriptions of the house and gardens during Fox’s time there.

14 November 2017
Fulham Palace Revealed – Residence of the Elite
Alexis Haslam, Fulham Palace Community Archaeologist
Fulham Palace has a long history with prehistoric, Roman and Saxon evidence.  The Manor was purchased by the Bishop of London in 704 and it was a residence until Bishop Stopford moved out in 1972.  Now leased to the Fulham Palace Trust, an HLF funded project includes restoration of the Tudor Courtyard, a new museum and exhibition space and landscaping, and a community excavation will take place in October.    

12 December 2017 
London's waterfront 1100 to 1666
John Schofield, Archaeologist at the Museum of London 1974 – 2008
Highlights and advances in knowledge of four decades of excavation along the medieval waterfront in the City.  There will be a special focus on four sites at the north end of medieval London Bridge which were excavated between 1974 and 1983.  The special problems of dealing with kilos of pottery and thousands of artefacts will be addressed.  Some finds, such as the Billingsgate trumpet, are of international significance.  

9 January 2018 
Sheep Over London Bridge
Murray Craig, Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court, City of London Corporation
A lecture about the Freedom of the City of London, myth and reality.

13 February 2018 (6.15pm, refreshments from 5.30pm) 
Annual General Meeting and Presidential Address: Polycentric London: a foray into perspectives from archaeology over 30 years, on what shaped and continues to shape London
Taryn Nixon

13 March 2018 
Roman occupation east of the forum to the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, Excavations at 116-120 Fenchurch Street and 10-12/14 Fenchurch Avenue, City of London
Neil Hawkins, Pre-Construct Archaeology
Archaeological excavations in 2015 recorded a complex sequence of Roman activity east of the forum/basilica, including a road and associated timber-framed buildings from the late 1st to 2nd centuries onwards. Later Roman activity was represented by foundations and robber cuts of masonry buildings.   Considerable post-Roman activity on the site dated from the early-Medieval period and was predominantly related to medieval structures converted into the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers Hall, known to have been extant on the site from the mid-15th century to the First World War.

10 April 2018 
Exploring the material culture of Roman London
Michael Marshall, Museum of London Archaeology
The last few years have seen the recovery of major new Roman finds assemblages from developer funded excavations as well as a number of important projects researching the material culture of Roman London in the archive. This paper will survey some of the most spectacular and interesting discoveries, consider how this work contributes to our understanding of the Roman city and discuss avenues for future research on Londinium’s finds.

8 May 2018 
Joint Prehistoric Society and LAMAS lecture:  Hidden depths: Re-evaluating Bronze Age Thames finds from the British Museum’s collections
Neil Wilkin, British Museum
This talk will shed new light on the character and significance of Bronze Age metalwork from the River Thames held in the British Museum’s collections. It will place these important finds in their wider typological, chronological, social and cultural context.