The evening began with an introduction from Lance Jefferson, Director to the Chairman’s Office, Fine Wine at Berry Bros. & Rudd, who taught our guests about the history of the family company and the building itself, areas of which date back to the reign of Henry VIII. Our guests were invited to try a delicious selection of wines and were taught about their origins by the knowledgeable Lance and London Shop Manager, Francis Huicq.
The evening also offered a chance to introduce our guests to Janet Miller who joined us in January as our new CEO. Janet spoke about how archaeology is relevant, purposeful and contemporary and talked through just some of the ways our projects have engaged people in London and beyond.
A highlight of the evening was an illuminating talk on Roman viticulture and wine making artefacts by our finds specialists Fiona Seeley and Rachel Cubitt. Fiona spoke about how wine was an integral part of Roman culture and, using a variety of original Roman artefacts that were on display such as decanters, amphora, flagons and jugs, took us through the journey of wine as it arrived in Roman London and travelled from the docks out into the city. All the objects that were presented to our guests on the night were discovered on archaeological sites across London and provided an amazing link between the city’s Roman roots and the fine wines present.
The evening was a great success and we’re delighted to hear how much our guests enjoyed it. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone that joined us, as well as our generous hosts Berry Bros. & Rudd for giving us all such a special and enjoyable evening.