Roman Dead exhibition

Plan a school visit to our major new exhibition, from 25 May – 28 October 2018, and discover how people dealt with death in Londinium.

Group of Roman human skulls. Numerous human skulls (without any skeletal remains) have been found in the Walbrook stream. These may have been deposited there as religious offerings to British water gods.

3 Roman skulls

Group of Roman skulls, 43-410 AD

Hunt for clues to uncover London's past

Find out what skeletons and other archaeological finds can tell us about life in Roman London with a visit to Roman Dead, the latest free major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands.

Drawing on over 40 years of archaeological work and research, it is the first exhibition of its kind to look in-depth at the way in which Roman Londoners dealt with death.

Discover how DNA has helped to unlock information about the city’s diverse past, and what burial rituals and grave goods can tell us about Roman beliefs about death and the afterlife.

For more information about the content of the exhibition, visit the Roman Dead exhibition page.

Please note that this exhibition contains human remains of Roman adults and children.

Book a self-directed visit

To book a free, self-directed visit to the exhibition for your class, please fill in the self-directed booking form and select Roman Dead on the ‘Gallery Resources’ section of the form.

Jet medusa pendant

'Medusa' pendant

This pendant was found buried with a woman aged over 18. It is made of jet, which was thought to protect the dead.

Planning visits

We highly recommend that teachers make a planning visit before bringing a class to the exhibition. You don't need to book a planning visit in advance.

The exhibition is free to visit and is open from 25 May – 28 October 2018 from 10am – 6pm every day.

Resources for schools

We've written some handy information packs to help plan your visit:

Download information for KS2 teachers (PDF 9.7mb, opens in a new tab)
Download information for secondary school teachers (PDF 9mb, opens in a new tab)

Don’t forget to download and print off our fun exhibition trail, suitable for KS2 and lower KS3 school groups:

Download the exhibition trail (PDF 7.7mb, opens in a new tab)

Interactive sessions

We will be running a limited number of interactive sessions for primary schools in the autumn term. Please visit our interactive sessions page for more information and to book.


If you have further questions about bringing a school group to the exhibition please contact [email protected].