Interpretation & Access Coordinator (2012)
During my studies at University College London (UCL) towards an M.A. in Managing Archaeological Sites, I was part of a group of 14 students in Applied Heritage Management conducting conservation, education, outreach, interpretation, and access for Billingsgate Roman Bath and House. Our team wrote the site's first management plan.
Billingsgate is located in the basement of a modern office building along a busy street, which has created challenges for visitation and conflicts among varied stakeholders. It also suffers from deterioration and neglect.
The site was built in the late 2nd century AD. The high-quality construction may have been a luxury waterfront house or possibly an inn for travelers and merchants. The buildings were in use until the early 5th century AD, when Londinium was abandoned and Britain ceased to be part of the Roman Empire.
The site was discovered in 1848 (see story at right) and today, the remains are a rare example of a Roman building left in situ. It is the only Roman bath house that is currently visible to the public and viewings are limited through the Museum of London.
Click on the image above to download the news story from 1848.