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On Sunday 17th June 2012, Billingsgate Roman Bathhouse welcomed the first official visitors to the site. The UCL and Museum of London Young Archaeologist Clubs and the Council for British Archaeology, London visited the site as part of a ‘special viewing’. This was designed to act as a preliminary test event for the summer open events on 14th / 15th July and the  22nd / 23rd September.

Visitors were shown around the site, where volunteers from the Museum of London and the UCL Institute of Archaeology gave talks on a range of topics, from the history of the site, Roman Londinium, Roman bathing to the excavation and stratigraphy on the site. Visitors were able to handle real Roman building material from the site, including roof tiles with Roman animal paw-prints that have been preserved for over 1700 years!

After the success of the day, we have been able to improve our plans for the summer openings.

We will be open to the public during the Festival of British Archaeology on the weekend of the 14th / 15th July 2012. We will be open from 11.00 – 16.00. 

http://festival.britarch.ac.uk/whatson

Sophie Mills

Visitors from the Young Archaeologist Club examine Roman building material and a model of the bathhouse.

Council of British Archaeology visitors on the walkway over the site.

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After a long hiatus since September 2011, some news from the Billingsgate Bath House project!

Since January 2012, Applied Heritage Management students from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL have worked on the project, exploring the management and conservation opportunities at the site. Under the direction of Tim Williams and Kirsty Norman, students explored the site and constructed the first Statement of Significance and mini Management Plan for the site. The exercise was designed to give students an inside knowledge of the challenges of management planning, as well as discovering the future opportunities for Billingsgate Roman Bath House.

Building upon the conservation work carried out by UCL students and Nimbus Conservation in 2011, the 2012 UCL Billingsgate Bath House Project aims to explore the future of the bath house, as well as opening the site for public viewing. The site will be opened this year during the Festival of British Archaeology in July (14th/15th), and London Open House in September (22nd/23rd).

As always, the best way to find out about all the latest news of work at Billingsgate is to join the Facebook group, or follow us on Twitter. The links are on the front page.

The 2012 Project has been developed with the generous support of the Museum of London, Corporation of London and English Heritage.

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Sophie Mills

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Thank you!

We had 768 visitors yesterday for the Open House day!!

Thank you all so much for your support and good feedbacks, we hope to see you again very soon!

 

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Photos

Pictures of our open day in July have been added to the gallery.

For those of you who could not make it that day, we will be open on the 17th of September for the London Open House week end from 11am to 4.30pm.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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Billingsgate House and Baths will be open on the 17th of September for the London Open House week end from 11am to 4.30pm. There is no need to book in advance; visitors are welcome to drop in. We are looking forward to seeing there!

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Thank you!

Billingsgate welcomed 249 visitors yesterday!

Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm about the site and the project. We hope to see you again in September for the Open House week end (17th-18th).

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Open day

Billingsgate will be open to the public on the 23rd of July as part of the Festival of British Archaeology.

For more information and to book your free entrance please visit the FOBA’s website http://festival.britarch.ac.uk/whatson and enter “billingsgate” in the box.

Also visit http://www.mymuseumoflondon.org.uk/blogs/blog/a-rare-opportunity-to-visit-the-finest-roman-remains-in-london/

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