Archaeology for All KS1

NEW – we have a new site – The Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe

Pupils will study the history of the local area employing the historical enquiry skills used by archaeologists. Pupils will discover how fragments of history can build up a picture of the past.


Session 1

On the riverside pupils will develop an understanding of what the Thames is like today and gain knowledge of river geography. Fieldwork on the foreshore involves collecting and identifying historical artefacts as evidence of river settlement. The session will enable pupils to gain an understanding and awareness of the past and to compare it to the present.

Session 2

Indoor activities will enable pupils to learn how to distinguish between different materials and identify and date artefacts using specially designed sorting boards. Pupils will investigate how artefacts found around the Thames help us to build a picture of London’s history from pre-history to present day.


Museum of London, Museum of London Docklands, Greenwich, Southwark and Brunel Museum.


Full day programme – 4 hours plus half an hour for lunch.

Full day programmes are available at all sites except Southwark.

Half days are available on request. Half day programmes are not available at Brunel Museum.

Learning Objective

Please send us your learning objectives in advance of your trip so we can tailor the programme to your requirements.

Please help us preserve London’s heritage by not taking artefacts from the foreshore

Please read our artefact policy