Thames Highway: AD43 - 1600

This gallery explores the early ports of London, from the arrival of the Romans in AD43 to the historic ports of Norman and medieval London excavated at Billingsgate and Lower Thames Street. Artefacts and documents concerning these early riverside trading settlements are displayed, and visitors are invited to interact with archaeologists at a series of multimedia points – introduced by Time Team's Tony Robinson – located in the gallery. The gallery has been designed to support National Curriculum studies in Science, Geography and History. A spectacular feature of the gallery is a 1:50 scale model of Old London Bridge, the first stone structure over the Thames. One side of the model illustrates the state of the bridge and its buildings at around 1450, the other – hidden until visitors pass through into the next gallery – shows the bridge in all its Tudor glory.

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