UCL Summer School


An Archaeological History of London

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session Two
Module leader
Gustav Milne and Dr Stuart Brookes
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Essay (75%); Fieldtrip diary (25%)
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An Archaeological History of London

Module overview

This module will provide students with a grounding in the historical geography and chronological development of the city in which they are now living.

It will introduce students to some of the sources used to compile that history, and some of the key surviving sites, buildings, monuments, museums and archaeological collections that can be used to illustrate that development. The module will be delivered through a series of classroom presentations and discussions, and supplemented by a series of field trips and museum visits.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Have an understanding of the city’s development from AD 50 to 1700
  • Have an understanding of the city’s historical geography
  • Be familiar with key published sources for the study of London’s early history
  • Have an understanding of key differences between archaeological and historical sources
  • Have a familiarity with key museums, collections, sites and monuments that support such studies.

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • 2,500-word essay selected from a list of five titles (75%)
  • Fieldtrip diary recording visits to museums, sites and monuments (25%)

Module leader

Gustav Milne is an honorary senior lecturer at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, and Project Director of the Thames Discovery Programme. Gustav worked as a professional rescue archaeologist for the Museum of London for nearly 20 years and has collaborated with English Heritage and the Environment Agency, amongst others.
Dr Stuart Brookes is an honorary senior lecturer and Leverhulme Trust Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. His current research is centred around travel and communication in Anglo-Saxon England.

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