London Area Group


We represent the interests of London’s historic environment, and those who study and care for it.

We have a deep understanding of London’s historic environment, and the nature of heritage in this area.

The role of the CIfA London Group is

  • to make CIfA’s services relevant to London-based members
  • to act as a focus for CIfA members interested in, or working in, London
  • to promote London archaeology positively within the structure of our profession
  • to ensure that the needs of London’s archaeology are fully integrated into CIfA activities
  • to advise Council and staff in the provision of direct support for London archaeologists’ needs
  • to work with other London-based groups and publications for the greater benefit of all stakeholders


  • newsletter
  • events – seminars, meetings and workshops on a variety of relevant topics, at a variety of venues
  • training – short courses focusing on the complexities of urban archaeology
  • website

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members (£10 for non-members). To join, please contact the CIfA office at

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Reading, RG6 6AB

Tel: 0118 378 6446

Email: or

The Committee


  • Rob Whytehead, Hon. Chair
  • Roy Stephenson, Hon. Treasurer

Ordinary members of the Committee

  • William Filmer-Sankey
  • Richard Meager
  • Jane Sidell
  • Christopher Constable
  • David Divers
  • Frank Meddens

Forthcoming events

We would welcome any comments from members, including suggestions for activities, please contact the Chair, Robert Whytehead at:, tel: 020 7254 2374.

Going underground; the impact of basement construction on the historic environment

Thursday 13 November, 14:00 - 17:30

An afternoon workshop in collaboration with IHBC London will explore the impact of basement extension construction on historic buildings and archaeology.

To find out more go to the events page: Going underground

Past events

A Guided Walk
Date & time: 31 July 2014
Theme: Whores, bishops and luvvies: historic whorehouses, play houses and houses of God in North Southwark
Guides: Jane Sidell and Chris Constable

Workshop: Selection Strategies for Archive Deposition (or ‘Less is More) - 14 November

This workshop (hosted by the IfA London Area Group, LAARC and also supported by the IfA Archaeological Archives Group) was held at the London Archaeological Archives Research Centre - please see the flyer. The results of this workshop will be disseminated next year.

IfA London Special Interest Group Walking Tour
Wednesday 5 June 6pm-7pm

Led by Richard Meager, CgMs Consulting/Spa Green Estate TMO Chair

The group had a walk through the Socialist architecture of Islington, led by IfA London Area Group Committee member, and local resident, Richard Meager.

Lubetkin and his firm Tecton designed Finsbury Health Centre before the 2nd World War; and  after the war public housing at Spa Green and Bevin Court - described in Pevsner  as ‘of marked originality' and `with many novelties both structural .... and social'.

Infrastructure and the Historic Environment

Saturday 23 February 2013, 10am-4.45pm

The Gallery, Alan Baxter & Assocs.
75, Cowcross Street, London

London has been the focus of both Government and private enterprise spending on Infrastructure for a number of years, and this looks set to continue. In this Conference we explorde how the Historic Environment has fared in these works, to what extent has it been seen as an `asset’, or possibly a hindrance, and how has its protection been managed, particularly in sometimes complex project management structures? What have we learnt, and what can inform projects in the future?
Talks covered completed projects, ones in build at the moment, and ones being planned. We looked at historic infrastructure, as well as the continuing management of heritage assets.

Debate & Christmas Social

Thursday 6 December 2012, 6.30pm

Lighthearted debate on the topic of "What is the value of ethics in a commercial world?" to cover all aspects of the historic environment that we are involved in.

Annual General Meeting & Lecture

Monday 1st October, 6.00pm - Museum of London

The business of the AGM was followed by a talk on the Romano-British Temple Complex found in the Pre-Construct Archaeology Excavations at Tabard Square, by Dougie Killock and John Shepherd

This talk considered the remarkable discovery of a late 2nd-century temple complex precinct containing at least two Romano-Celtic style temples and ancillary buildings and structures. This was located far from the Thames waterfronts on the southern periphery of Roman Southwark, at the southern limit of this tidal area at the point where the islands and mudflats met the slightly higher, drier ground of south London’s mainland. At present this is the only Roman religious precinct to have been extensively excavated in London.
The excavations were particularly notable for the discovery of an inscription naming London (Londiniensi).

This presentation examined developments on the site in the Roman period and the implications for, especially, the temple precinct in our understanding of this southerly approach to the Thames and other religious sites on the Surrey and Kent side of the river, such as at Greenwich and Springhead. The publication of the excavation report is imminent.

AGM meetings are open to all, but any voting on AGM business is restricted to LAG members.

A walk around the archaeology of north Southwark, led by Christopher Constable and Jane Sidell in August 2012.

AGM Minutes

AGM minutes 2010

Committee Minutes

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