Community dig at the Charterhouse, London

The Charterhouse community dig

MOLA team

The Charterhouse is working in partnership with Crossrail, its contractors BFK and MOLA, and the Museum of London and Islington Council to host the community dig during the Festival of Archaeology from 18 to 25 July.

The community dig will take place near to where archaeologists working on Crossrail recently unearthed a Black Death burial ground. The dig will give locals the chance to dig deeper into their history to discover artefacts from the grounds of one of London’s best preserved examples of a Tudor mansion, built in the middle of a 14th Century emergency burial ground.

Open day, 24 and 25th July. Charterhouse will host open the archaeology excavations to public viewing on 24 and 25 July and will include opportunities for children to take part in specially constructed archaeology dig boxes.

Big Dig for Families, Thursday 24 and 25 July, booking essential 

Come and find out what it’s like to be an archaeologist with the Museum of London in this 45-minute digging session. You’ll discover what tools an archaeologist uses, find real artefacts and see if you can uncover the lost medieval building in your trench! For ages 5+ Please note: adult must be accompanied by a child. Two carers per child maximum. Tickets need only be booked for attending children as the dig boxes have limited space.

Public Lecture series

The Black Death by Barney Sloane, Friday 18th July 5:30pm at the Charterhouse.

Charterhouse Square Discoveries by Jay Carver, Tuesday 22nd July 6:00pm at the Charterhouse.

London's Early Suburbs: Clerkenwell and Smithfield by Jiff Bayliss, Thursday 24th July 2014 6:30pm at the Charterhouse.

Public Talk and Tour History of the Charterhouse

Talk by Dr Stephen Porter, Sunday 20th July 3:00pm

Tour of the Charterhouse

Thursday 24 July at 2:30pm

Booking essential. Please book at

The Festival of Archaeology is organised by the Council for British Archaeology and runs from the 12-27 July 2014. For full festival details and event listings visit

  • Community project
  • Excavation
  • Placemaking
  • Medieval

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