Each year the Tower of London organises an archaeology event outside this mighty fortress, giving people access to the Tower's river foreshore, so that they can have a go at being archaeologists. There are also stalls, displays and activities on the Wharf, overlooking the Thames.
Activities on the Wharf are suitable for all ages and interest levels, and include displays, talks, games and other activities from the Tower's conservators and curators, the City of London Archaeological Society, the Thames Discovery Programme, Port of London Authority and more. Down on the foreshore archaeologists will help you identify your finds, and a team from Thames 21 will tell you about river safety.
It's a free, fun event which helps to show the Tower - and London - in a whole new light!
27 and 28 July
Wharf activities: 11:00 - 16:00
Foreshore: 12:00 - 14:00 - NOTE: these are approximate times and are dependant upon tides
Access to the foreshore is limited - it is first come, first served, and we cannot pre-book or give priority access. Numbers of poeple able to access the foreshore is dependant upon tide levels, and the event organisers will monitor levels and numbers throughout the event for safety. You must follow safety instructions from event stewards.
The foreshore is accessed by stairs, so unfortunately there is no access for people with mobility problems; however, there are a range of fully accessible activities on the Wharf.
All finds should be recorded with our team of archaeological recorders, who will be based on the Wharf. Please make sure that you show your finds to them - they can help identify them, tell you how to clean them, and make sure that any significant finds are properly recorded and safeguarded by the appropriate organisations.