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 IfA London Group is
- to make IfA’s services relevant to London-based members
- to act as a focus for IfA 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 IfA 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
- 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
Join the Group
Membership is free to IfA members (£10 for non-members). To join, please contact the IfA office at
Institute for Archaeologists SHES, University of Reading Whiteknights, PO Box 227 Reading, RG6 6AB
- Rob Whytehead, Hon. Chair
- Geoff Morley, Hon. Secretary
- Roy Stephenson, Hon. Treasurer
Ordinary members of the Committee
- David Abell
- William Filmer-Sankey
- Richard Meager
- Jane Sidell
- Christopher Constable
- David Divers
- Frank Meddens
- Chris Clarke
IfA London Special Interest Group Walking Tour
Wednesday 5 June 6pm-7pm
Led by Richard Meager, CgMs Consulting/Spa Green Estate TMO Chair
Do join us for a walk through the Socialist architecture of Islington, led by IfA London Area Group Committee member, and local resident, Richard Meager, on Wednesday 5th June.
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’.
Please gather at Angel Tube at 6pm: the tour will end at the Spa Green Estate on Rosebery Avenue.
There is no charge, but please note that numbers are limited to 20, so please apply for a place to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you there.
Robert Whytehead Chair LAG Committee
The group committee and Executive are keen to revitalise the Group, and to provide a wide range of events that we believe will engage, interest and inform IfA members, and the wider archaeological world.
We will email group members once events have been confirmed, but please also keep an eye on our IfA webpage.
We would welcome any comments from members, including suggestions for activities, please contact the Chair, Robert Whytehead at: email@example.com, tel: 020 7254 2374.
Saturday 23 February 2013, 10am-4.45pm
The Gallery, Alan Baxter & Assocs. 75, Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL
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 want to explore 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 will cover completed projects, ones in build at the moment, and ones being planned. We will look at historic infrastructure, as well as the continuing management of heritage assets.
Tickets: £25 (£20 for LAG members)
This is a CPD credited event for which the IfA can supply certificates, please let us know if you will require one
Institute for Archaeologists, SHES, The University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 227, Reading RG6 6AB Tel. 0118 378 6446
The conference is being presented by the Institute for Archaeologists’ London Area Group
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.