Plan a school visit to the Archaeological Archive

Everything you need to know to plan a brilliant school visit to our record-breaking archive!

Why visit us?

We are the world’s largest archive of archaeology, with over six miles of shelves holding 200,000 boxes of objects! We’re not open to the public, but your school can have behind-the-scenes access to this treasure trove of primary sources from the Stone Age to the 20th century through a facilitated school visit.

Digital technology meets very old collections in school sessions at our archive.

Dig into our archives...

Students use digital technologies to explore archaeology during a secondary school session.

Don't miss out on...

  • Exploring miles of shelves piled high with archaeological treasures - a treasure chest waiting to be opened!
  • Accessing behind-the-scenes spaces never seen by the public
  • Activities led and interpreted by real life archaeologists, ready to share their expertise.

Logistics

The Archaeological Archive doesn’t have any public galleries for self-directed trips. We run lots of exciting school sessions here, though, all listed on our facilitated visits page.

We're located in Eagle Wharf Road, in Hackney, and you can find more detail about our location on this page.

Sorry; this road doesn’t have coach parking spaces, and minibus spaces are very limited. Disabled parking spaces can be booked if arranged in advance; just email us at [email protected] for this.

Access

The archive is fully accessible; just let us know of any additional access needs in advance by emailing us at [email protected].

Travel and visit cost support

Don’t forget, London schools can apply to the City of London School Visits Fund (external link) to help with visit costs up to £300, such as travel or teaching cover expenses, or make use of the Transport for London School Party Travel Scheme (external link) for free school travel.

Visit supervision

Accompanying staff are responsible for their group’s behaviour, and we ask groups to split into smaller units when exploring the archive. Don’t forget to bring along your clipboards, pencils and resources, and ensure your group meets our required ratios:

  • Foundation stage - 1:3
  • Key stage 1 - 1:6
  • Key stage 2 - 1:6
  • Key stage 3 - 1:15
  • Key stage 4 - 1:15
  • Post-16 AS/A2 - 1:15
  • SEND - 1:5
Feel free to capture your schools' experience during your visit.

Happy snapping!

Feel free to capture your school's experience at the archive.

Photography

Feel free to take photos without flash or tripod and reuse for educational purposes. Sorry, the filming of video isn’t allowed for security reasons.

Lunch space

A time slot for your lunch will be automatically provided when you book. No food in the archive spaces, please.

Teacher planning visits

Teachers can visit the archive first for a totally free planning visit. We’re not publicly open, so be sure to book your planning visit well ahead by emailing us at [email protected].