Primary school children attend a Time Truck educational session (c) MOLA

5000 years of history at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Ashley Almeida

Ashley Almeida, Time Truck Education Officer reflects on last weekend’s visit to the Olympic Park and showcasing 5000 years of this history of the area.

We’ve been busy over the last weekend in Stratford helping people to engage with some of the history of the Olympic Park in partnership with International Quarter London, who recognise the immense value of telling the story of archaeology in the Park and generously supported the event.

On Saturday we opened to the public to showcase about 5,000 years of human activity in the area with finds ranging from bronze-age pottery sherds to moralising china from the mid-19th century.

Also on display were some pieces of our handling collection which proved very popular with the public, both young and old alike.

The legacy of the archaeology in the park is now only commemorated by the history trees, an installation by Ackroyd & Harvey.  This consists of 10 trees at the entrances of the park each hung with a huge metal ring inscribed with a list of artefacts or structures nearby.

The Time Truck exhibition therefore gave many people more of an opportunity to look at some of these objects and handle similar ones. They learned about how the area has evolved not only since the 2012 games, but over the last 5000 years.

On Friday, we were also fortunate to work with Carpenter’s Primary School, one of the most local schools to the park. Through the Digging Up History workshops we were able to carry out with the school we looked at how the area had evolved which for many children was helpful for putting into perspective how the area has vastly changed.

If you think you or your organisation would like to support this work, or if you’d like to discuss a visit to your school, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Thanks to Platinum Supporting Partner of the Time Truck, Thames Water, for funding the Cleaning up History workshop and to all of our other Time Truck sponsors: Brookfield and OxfordStanhopeTP BennettThe Garfield Weston FoundationWates Giving and the Heritage Lottery Fund!

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