Archaeology for All KS5

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 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 up a picture of London’s history. Pupils will gain chronological knowledge from pre-history to present day.


Museum of London, Museum of London Docklands, Greenwich, Brunel Museum, Southwark, Fulham Palace.


Full day programme at all sites (except Southwark).

Half day prgrammes available on request (except Fulham Palace and Brunel Museum).

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

Please read our artefact policy