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Crossrail's Archaeology exhibition back by popular demand

By Juliet Whitcombe

Crossrail has announced the return of its hugely popular Bison to Bedlam archaeology exhibition this October following the success of a recent pop-up event. 

The free exhibition celebrates the half-way point of our archaeology programme.  It will feature almost 100 finds including a skeleton from the infamous Bedlam psychiatric hospital, a silver Roman coin and 55 million year old amber. The October exhibition will also display a small section of mammoth jaw bone for the first time.

Download Bison to Bedlam - Crossrail's archaeology story so far flyer, October 2012

A series of seminars by expert archaeologists working on the project will take place alongside the exhibition on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 7pm. People will be welcomed on a first come, first served basis.

Exhibition attendees will also have the chance to win an exciting archaeology themed prize donated by Systra.

Crossrail’s lead archaeologist Jay Carver will also host the project’s first online Twitter Q&A event (#BisontoBedlam) on Tuesday 9 October between 2pm and 9pm to answer questions on Crossrail’s archaeology programme.

The Crossrail archaeology programme began in 2009 with archaeologists beginning their investigations at Tottenham Court Road, where they excavated the former Crosse & Blackwell factory site. Since then Crossrail has uncovered finds dating from pre-historic times to the industrial revolution including Roman artefacts and remnants of Britain's industrial heritage. 

Crossrail passes through the heart of London's West End and along the north edge of the Roman and medieval city. The archaeology programme therefore expects to uncover further important and interesting remains.

The exhibition will be held at the Crossrail Visitors Information Centre at Tottenham Court Road from 2 October to 27 October on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 7pm and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road Visitor Information Centre is located at 16-18 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LN.

Watch the Crossrail website or follow us on Twitter for further details and announcements.

To find out more about Crossrail's archaeology programme visit: