12th July – London Mithraeum, Bloomberg Space
Join us on a visit to the London Mithraeum. Next door to Bank Station
this cultural space returns the Roman Temple of Mithras to its original location in the heart of the City of London. The Mithraeum is situated in Bloomberg’s European headquarters, and houses the reconstructed temple, a selection of the Roman artefacts found during the recent excavations and contemporary art commissions undertaken in response to this archaeological site.
We’ll meet at Waterloo station and take the Waterloo and City Line to Bank, where, on our way out, we’ll see the 24 John Hutton glass panels showing Roman citizens. These were originally installed in the old Bucklersbury House, the office block that previously stood on the Bloomberg site. This area was badly damaged during the Blitz and the Temple of Mithras was discovered in the 1950s when excavations were made for the foundations of Bucklersbury House. The City Corporation said it must be preserved, so it was lifted out in pieces and stored in a builder’s yard in Burlington Road, New Malden, then returned (with a few pieces missing) to a site alongside Queen Victoria Street.
When plans were made to demolish Bucklersbury House and build the Bloomberg Space, the planning approval was conditional on the Temple being returned to its original site, with the developer paying for an extensive archaeological dig. Planning permission also required the original line of Roman Watling Street to be reopened. This is now Bloomberg Alley where there are cafés, and the Bloomberg Arcade, where we can buy coffee before our visit, which starts at 11.30am.
It will take about 45 minutes to visit the Temple with its subdued lighting effects, mist and sound. There are lifts between all levels for those who don’t want to use the stairs.
Date: Friday, 12 July
Meeting time/place: 10.15am at
Waterloo Station, opposite Platform 1
Cost: £1 per person admin charge collected on the day