MOLA Time Truck at the Guildhall Yard (c)MOLA

The Time Truck shares the archaeological delights of the City of London

MOLA team
13.07.2016

On Monday evening we official launched the Time Truck but before the festivities began, members of the public were invited into the truck to explore the archaeology of the City of London.

Despite the somewhat changeable weather (an opportunity to show off the versatility of the Time Truck), we shared a range of discoveries on board..

Open to the public from 10am we displayed Britain’s earliest collection of Roman writing tablets, found during MOLA’s excavations for Bloomberg’s new European Headquarters in London. We also had dig boxes and handling collections on show that the Time Truck  is taking to schools.

Our handling collections consist of genuine artefacts including Roman and medieval pottery, clay pipes, glazed floor tiles, worked flint and a selection of animal bones. Monday’s visitors had a go at identifying and sorting the various finds, and were really excited to handle the objects, some of which were almost 2000 years old!

The dig box also proved popular, with both children and adults, and again it was great to be able to let visitors take part in the exhibition. We also loved chatting and sharing stories about the local history of the City of London.

Attracting over 200 visitors throughout the day, the Time Truck also exhibited some rare pieces of Samian Ware featuring gladiatorial scenes that were found during our excavations of the Guildhall Amphitheatre.

Our grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 6.30pm. Alison Gowman, MOLA Trustee and Alderman of the City gave a wonderful speech thanking all those involved, and most importantly our wonderful Supporting Partners; Brookfield and Oxford, Stanhope, TP Bennett, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Wates Giving, Thames Water and the Heritage Lottery Fund, whose generous support makes the Time Truck possible. 

The next outing for the Time Truck will be on 13 August at Earls Court, so make sure you keep checking our events page regularly for further details if you’d like to come and pay us a visit!

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