Open until 9pm on Friday 24 March. Join Creative Director Richard Parry and historian Raymond Crocker on the hour at 6pm and 7pm
A parakeet, a miniature portrait, and a very unusual pair of trousers – just some of the surprising discoveries made during HS2 excavations on the former St James’s Burial Ground near Euston. Explore the weird and wonderful stories behind these objects, told through the eyes of five real Londoners from the past.
Stories of St James’s Burial Ground is a new, free exhibition for all the family, featuring interactive sculptures. Hosted at the heart of the parish, the voices of past Londoners are brought back to life through a captivating audio experience. Visitors will also find out about the HS2 dig at Euston – one of the largest archaeological excavations of its kind ever undertaken in the UK.
Between 2017 and 2021, specialists from MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and Headland Archaeology, joined forces to record over 11,000 burials from St James’s Burial Ground as part of the HS2 archaeological works. The Burial Ground was in use by the parish of St James’s Church between 1789 and 1853. From dressmaker, Elizabeth Mercer, to luxury business owner, Charles Fortnum of Fortnum & Mason, the people buried here came from all walks of life and lived across the Capital.
While research into the findings from the excavations is still ongoing, the Stories of St James’s Burial Ground can now begin to be told.
As part of Art After Dark, the exhibition will open late, until 9pm on Friday 24 March. Join Creative Director Richard Parry and historian Raymond Crocker on the hour at 6pm and 7pm to hear more about the exhibition and the history of the church, its burial ground in Euston and past congregants from Georgian and Victorian London.
Richard Parry, St James’s Creative Director, introduces the exhibition in his blog post Listening to traces of history.
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Tue 11 Apr 10-11am talk, workshops from 11.15am-3.45pm
Sun 16 Apr 1.30-2.30pm Talk. 2.45-3.15 and 3.30-4pm Workshops