17th September:

CrossrailCrossrail’s hugely popular Bison to Bedlam archaeology exhibition will return this October following the success of a recent pop-up event.

The Crossrail archaeology programme began in 2009 with archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology and Gifford beginning their investigations at Tottenham Court Road, where they excavated the former Crosse & Blackwell factory site. Since then Crossrail has uncovered finds dating from prehistoric times to the industrial revolution, including Roman artefacts and remnants of Britain's industrial heritage.

The free exhibition celebrates the half-way point of our archaeology programme. It will feature almost 100 finds, including a skeleton from the infamous Bedlam psychiatric hospital, a silver Roman coin and 55 million year old amber. The October exhibition will also display a small section of mammoth jaw bone for the first time. Follow this link to watch a video about the exhibition.

A series of seminars by expert archaeologists working on the project will take place alongside the exhibition on Wednesday evenings.

The exhibition will be held at the Crossrail Visitors Information Centre at Tottenham Court Road from 2 October to 27 October on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 7pm and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road Visitor Information Centre is located at 16-18 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LN.

The 25 minute seminars will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm. People will be welcomed on a first come, first served basis.

The seminar topics are as follows:

Wednesday, 3 October: Crossrail's ambitious archaeology programme
Wednesday, 10 October: Uncovering Bedlam under Liverpool Street and London’s greatest ironworks at Limmo Peninsula
Wednesday, 17 October: Discovering a Tudor manor house at Stepney Green
Wednesday, 24 October: Paddington's prehistoric animals and the coming of the railway

Exhibition attendees will also have the chance to win an exciting archaeology themed prize donated by Systra.

Prize 1:
A Young Friends pass from the British Museum - includes annual YF Membership (the child receives magazines, a birthday card etc), two tickets to sleepover in the museum, two tickets to attend an activity event organised at the museum.

Prize 2:
An annual family membership card that covers entry into the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.

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