Buried for centuries, the secrets of Britain's past are hidden beneath our streets. Archaeology teams dig and dig and dig, and yet there is always more to be discovered. You can make discoveries for yourself during this year's Festival of Archaeology 2013. There are over a thousand activities going on across the UK between the 13th-28th July such as hands-on workshops that include pottery, calligraphy, and archery, as well as the opportunity to volunteer and take part in excavations. There will also be talks, exhibitions, open days, tours, and lots more.
Get an exclusive behind the scene tour of stores and laboratories at the Museum of London and the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre. You need to book in advance by calling 020 7001 9844.
Roman Discovery Day
Museum of Richmond, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP
A drop in day at the Museum of Richmond will be fun for the whole family, with Roman artefacts, replica costumes, and games.
Visit the Merton Priory Chapter House for one of its rare open days. It was one of the country's most important monastic houses before 1538, where Thomas Becket trained, the Statutes of Merton were formulated, and Merton College Oxford founded.
Take a tour of All Hallows by the Tower, starting with an introductory session in the Crypt Museum. Your guide will cover nearly four hundred years of Roman rule before taking you to some of the best preserved stretches of the Roman city wall, Forum, Basilica, Amphitheatre, and Fort. The tour will end at the Museum of London.