School Art Textiles Exhibition
Especially the Body
This isn't an issue of branding or logos - of selling growth areas as part of Dickens's Thamesworld. It requires decent research about the history of the site and an attempt to translate that into civic design. On the one hand, that could mean a commitment to vernacular styles; on the other, civic landmarks, street and pub names, even local signage.
START Tower Hill
–The Roman Wall – The Roman Wall is deconstructed to aid discussion on the origins of London and the nature of Roman occupation.
Outside the Wall - we see the same stretch of wall but from the outside to give an outsiders view of London. We consider the wall from the point of view of the 'barbarian invaders'.
Tower Hill Sundial– we used the sundial and time line to give orientation and use the Tower to introduce the Normans.
Tower Hill Scaffold – we use the execution to site to discuss the nature of punishment, the Peasants Revolt and the the Jacobite Revolution.
Merchant and Fishing Fleet War Memorials. - We look at the poignant list of people drowned in defense of the
uk as listed by ships name.
All Hallows Church - We do a bit of Church Archaeology to decide which bits of the Church where built before and after the Great Fire and the Blitz. (note it is possible to get into the Church to see the Roman and Saxon Remains - a fee will be charged by the Church)
Riverside Walk - We walk along the River passed the Customers House and Old Billingsgate Fish Market. We look County Hall, HMS Belfast, London's Larder and London Bridge. We discuss drowning in the Thames, Pollution, Frost Fairs and the British Empire.
St Magnus Church - We stand on the site of the famous Old London Bridge.
Monument - We discuss the destruction of the Great Fire. (note a small fee allows the pupils to walk up the monument.
Pudding Lane – We discuss the start of the Great Fire and Who Started it!
Labels: narrative environments
Salon IFA reports:
Behind the hoarding to the north of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology Service have been busy excavating since 2005, and some of the finds from that excavation have just gone on display at the Museum of London in a special exhibition called ‘the Missing Link’. This looks at the way that the maps of Roman and Saxon London are being redrawn by finds dating from AD 410 to 650, which offer clues to a previously hidden period in London's history.
The discovery of a kiln for making roof tiles, and of a stone sarcophagus containing the skeleton of a middle-aged man – both finds dating from AD 400–50 – suggest that Roman civilisation continued in settlements outside the city walls for at least a generation after Londinium itself had been abandoned, while a hand-made ceramic jar datable to around AD 500 in a style that was introduced by Saxon immigrants from the Continent demonstrates the presence of Saxons on the site well over a hundred years earlier than Lundenwic is generally supposed to have been founded. Later, probably after AD 650, people of high status were being buried at St Martin-in-the-Fields with fine jewellery, glass and metal vessels. The burials suggest a sacred significance was attached to the site throughout the 200 years separating Roman Londinium from Saxon Lundenwic, even if no evidence has yet been found for a church on the site.
The exhibition continues until 8 August 2007.
Interesting stuff about London, Museums and HeritageHistory Museums London Archaeology Narrative Environments