Bronze head of Hadrian with curled hair and a beard, facing right.

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17 Oct 2022


BP Lecture Theatre; and online via Zoom


  • £16 (Members)
  • £6 (Members online)


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Over many centuries, archaeologists have been keeping a close watch on building sites in the City of London.

Earlier antiquarian discoveries furnished the British Museum with many of the important finds displayed in its Roman Britain galleries, and more recent excavations have produced a wealth of new information about the Roman city. Because of this work, we know more about Roman London than almost any other archaeological site in the country. Until now, it has been difficult to keep up with the pace of new discovery. 

Join Prof Dominic Perring for ground-breaking insight into how archaeological work in London is transforming our understanding of the ancient world. In this illustrated talk, he'll explore London's creation and how excavations in the City are helping us to understand the wars and plagues that weakened the Roman state.

Attend this event

You can join this event in person, or via Zoom.

Attend in person (£16) – sold out

  • Please note this lecture will be held at full capacity without social distancing measures in place. Hand sanitiser stations and additional cleaning measures will be in place throughout the evening.
  • Face coverings are recommended for the protection of yourself and others, unless you're exempt. 
  • This lecture includes a complimentary drink.

Attend online via Zoom (£6)

  • Book now to secure your place via Zoom – for you to enjoy at home. If you're experiencing any difficulties with booking, or have any further queries, please contact the Membership Office at or on +44 (0)20 7323 8195.
  • A link will be sent via email ahead of time for you to access the lecture. One ticket must be purchased for each household and the event link may not be shared.
  • Please note the Zoom event will end at 19.30. 
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The event will be recorded and made available to all Members at a later date, without charge.

About the speaker

Prof Dominic Perring is the Director of the University College London (UCL) Centre for Applied Archaeology and a former lecturer in archaeology at the University of Leicester, University of York, and American University of Beirut. He has spent over 50 years leading archaeological research into Roman cities, including major programmes of research in London, Beirut and Milan. He has written more than 100 academic papers and contributed to various television broadcasts on these and related topics. His latest book is London in the Roman World (2022).

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Privacy policy

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