Saturday 26th May – Sunday 27th May 2012

Archaeology Weekend
The City of London Archaeological Society (COLAS), featuring the Thames Discovery Programme, celebrates ‘Fun on the Foreshore’ with two days of free events and activities at the Tower of London, including a rare opportunity to visit Tower Beach. COLAS stands include museum-quality artefacts and handling collections, as well as replicas, activities and games, covering everything from bones and burials, through shoes and coins, to exploring a spoil heap, making a mosaic and dressing-up as a Roman Londoner. Activities are held in the open space between Tower Moat and the river wall, between 11:00 and 16:00 each day. Historic Royal Palaces (Tower of London) and Thames21 will enable access to Tower Beach (weather and environmental conditions permitting), between 11:00 and 12:30 on Saturday, and 11:00 and 13:00 on Sunday, with a team of environmentalists and archaeologists to answer questions and identify finds; please check back here to confirm access times.

Further information

Access to the river foreshore is dependent upon safety and the tide times. Access is on a first come, first served basis, and numbers will be restricted to up to 500, depending upon safety advice. Only surface level archaeology is permitted and any significant finds must be recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Sturdy footwear is recommended, a plastic bag and wet wipes may come in handy, metal detectors are strictly prohibited!