Past and Present: A History of London from 47 CE Rome to Today

Londinium was established as a civilian town by the Romans about four years after the invasion of 43 CE. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction The history of London, the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, extends over 2000 years. In that time, it has become one of the world’s most significant financial and cultural capital[…]

Mudlarking: Searching for Lost Treasure – and History – on the Banks of the Thames

Established by the Romans in the 1st century AD, the edge of the river has always been a hive of activity. By Jason Sandy and Nick Stevens Ever since man first quenched his thirst in its waters, he has left his mark on the riverbed. Ivor Noël Hume, Treasure in the Thames (1956) London would[…]

Guy Fawkes and the London Gunpowder Plot in 1605

Bonfires were lit on the night of November 5th to celebrate the failure of the plot, and this tradition continues today. Introduction The 1605 Gunpowder Plot was a failed attempt by pro-Catholic conspirators to blow up the English Parliament on 5 November while in full session and kill King James I of England (r. 1603-1625) and the entire nobility[…]

Featured Scholar: Jane Sidell and the Archaeology of Ancient Roman London

London has been home to a huge diversity of cultures, inhabitation, patterns and events since the ancient world. Profile Jane Sidell is an archaeologist and honorary lecturer at University College London. She is Inspector of Ancient Monuments at Historic England. After realizing at the age of 8 that I wanted to be an archaeologist, I[…]

Briton: Indigenous Celtic Peoples of Ancient Great Britain

The earliest written evidence for the Britons is from Greco-Roman writers and dates to the Iron Age. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction The Britons, also known as Celtic Britons or Ancient Britons, were the indigenous Celtic people who inhabited Great Britain from at least the British Iron Age into the Middle Ages, at which point they diverged into the Welsh, Cornish and Bretons (among others). They spoke the Common Brittonic language, the[…]