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The UCL Institute of Archaeology is delighted to host the 41st annual Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference in December 2019. Founded in 1937, the Institute is one of the largest centres for world archaeology, archaeological sciences and heritage & museum studies in the UK, situated in the heart of the capital.

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

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ACTIVITY [clear filter]
Monday, December 16

11:30am GMT

Petrie Museum Special Access
**Please note this is only open to TAG2019 delegates**

Delegates arriving early into London on Monday 16th are invited to this rare opportunity to experience the Petrie Museum and its designated, internationally significant, collection of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology outside of normal public opening hours.

Monday December 16, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm GMT
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology Malet Pl, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6BT
Tuesday, December 17

9:00am GMT

British Museum: Troy myth and reality exhibition — Special Access
Between 9am and 10am on Tuesday, TAG delegates are permitted free access to the British Museum's fantastic new Troy exhibition, Troy myth and reality. Once inside the exhibition you may stay past 10am. Delegates must present their TAG name badges to museum staff to gain entry. There will be a short welcome for TAG delegates at 9:05am.

The legend of Troy has endured for more than 3,000 years. The story of a great city, plunged into a 10-year war over the abduction of the most beautiful woman in the world, is irresistibly dramatic and tragic. This allure has sent adventurers and archaeologists in quest of the lost city, which is now widely believed to have existed.

More info on the exhibition here

Tuesday December 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am GMT
The British Museum Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

9:30am GMT

Guided walking tour of Londinium **BOOKING REQUIRED**
** Please note you must book in advance using Eventbrite to join this walking tour **

Walk through Londinium from the south-east corner of the City on the riverside through to the banks of the Walbrook and then to the northwestern corner near the late first century fort in one morning. Starting on Lower Thames Street we will explore three preserved archaeological sites in London – Billingsgate Roman House and Baths, London Mithraeum Bloomberg Space and London’s Roman Amphitheatre at Guildhall. The aim is to have a walking symposium comparing the interpretation and presentation of evidence, the emotional response to and future direction of each site, as well as thinking about bits of Londinium that the public might and might not know about and what to do about them, if anything. We will finish in the Roman gallery at the Museum of London, soon to be moved and reconfigured in its new space at Smithfield. The story of Londinium will be told in new ways, join us to explore what they could be.

Please meet around the entrance to Tower Hill underground  station for 9.30am
Tower Hill & Bathhouse 9.30am
Billingsgate 9.45am
Mithraeum 10.30am
Amphitheatre 11.15am
Museum of London 12.00pm
Return to conference building for lunch 1pm

Additional information
There are toilets at each venue and they all have lift access except the bathhouse.
Bathhouse only has step access: there are three flights of steps with 3, 9 and 2 steps and a rail on the left-hand side when descending the stairs.
Generally moving around the City should be accessible as there are dropped kerbs at crossings and route avoids steps.

Tuesday December 17, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am GMT

3:30pm GMT

Bricks + Mortals, A history of eugenics told through buildings **BOOKING REQUIRED**
Those joining this tour should gather at the meeting point by the conference registration desk (in the IOE foyer) just before 3.30pm.

Join historian, curator of UCL Science Collections and UCL Archaeology alumnus Subhadra Das on a walking tour of the UCL campus to hear the story of UCL's pioneering eugenicists through the landmark buildings and spaces named after them.  Among these are the Galton Lecture Theatre, the Pearson Building and the Petrie Museum. The contributions Francis Galton, Karl Pearson and Flinders Petrie to biometrics, statistics and archaeology are well known in those fields and beyond. What is less well known is their contribution to developing, establishing and legitimising the science of eugenics. Eugenics -- the science of improving human populations through selective breeding -- is generally associated with the Nazis, but in fact had its roots in Britain. The story of this origin is seldom told.

Number are limited so we are asking participants to pre-register using Eventbrite:
Register to join the walking tour


Subhadra Das

UCL & Museum Detox Member

Tuesday December 17, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm GMT

6:00pm GMT

TAG Party
Conference party time! Come together on Tuesday evening to enjoy the Antiquity archaeology quiz, fantastic live music from Truly Medly Deeply and a great selection of tunes late into the night courtesy of DJs Hippocampus and friends. 

Tuesday December 17, 2019 6:00pm - Wednesday December 18, 2019 1:00am GMT
Student Central (formerly ULU) Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
Wednesday, December 18

12:00pm GMT

Women of Bloomsbury Walk
Join UCL Institute of Archaeology staff Charlotte Frearson and Louise Martin on a walk around Bloomsbury exploring the history of both the Women of UCL & the Women of Bloomsbury. Scientists, poets, artists, writers, actors, social reformers: join us in recognising these relatively unsung humans with talks, quotes from key works & ‘temporary blue plaque memorials’. The walk will be around 1 hour – come rain or come shine! The Institute of Archaeology's Therapy Dog Indy will be joining us on the walk and some 'Guerilla Blue Plaquing' may also be involved!

Those wanting to join Charlotte and Louise on the walk should meet at the conference registration reception just before 12pm.

Wednesday December 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm GMT

2:00pm GMT

Between the Acts: a creative misguide round Bloomsbury **BOOKING REQUIRED**
**If you would like to join this tour please book ahead on Eventbrite**

Come with us on field trip: on a mis-guided tour of Bloomsbury. Setting off from UCL we'll spend around an hour to an hour an a half exploring the environs. A participatory experience aimed at the co-creation of knowledge, there'll be stops along the way to explore space and place through various mediums including sound, art and poetry. Influenced by counter-tourism; the Autonauts of the Cosmoroute and Sebald's Rings of Saturn we'll explore (by doing) the mis-guide as a creative tool for engagement. We'll disrupt boundaries and explore space emotionally and transgressively in the style of Lauren Elkin's Flaneuse. Will finding different ways to tell stories make us more effective at communicating the past? Or do we need to find different stories to tell? Or should we actually aim to divest power and resist the urge to 'tell' very much at all?Leaders:


Penelope Foreman

Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust

Wednesday December 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm GMT
Conference meeting point near to registration desk UCL Institute of Education (IOE) 20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0A