Arnold Circus Community Excavation

Community dig at Arnold Circus in London

Project partner: 
English Heritage, Friends of Arnold Circus, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Date: 
2009

MOLA organised a one week community excavation at Arnold Circus, in the Boundary Estate, Shoreditch, Tower Hamlets. The archaeological brief was designed in conjunction with English Heritage and the Friends of Arnold Circus and funded by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

The children were excited to work alongside professional archaeologists, to learn about archaeological techniques, and find out the history of the site.

Children from Virginia Primary School participated in the community dig, which aimed to excavate a large mound with a Victorian bandstand on the top, as did groups from the St Hilda's East Community Centre (Bengali Women's Group and Bengali Boy's Group). The aim of the community dig was to investigate what was in the mound and what the original ground surface would have been ahead of renovation work on the bandstand, organised by the Friends of Arnold Circus.

The children gained practical hands on experience and the project engaged with members of the local community, attracting hundreds of visitors over the week.

View photos from the community dig on the Museum of London's Flickr photostream.