The excavation of the site of The Boar’s Head

Thanks to support from Unite Students, we are excited to host an evening of archaeological discovery, sharing some of the finds made during recent excavations at the site of the Boar's Head, an a Shakespearean-era inn-turned-playhouse in Whitechapel.

The excavation, carried out ahead if construction of new student housing by Unite Students, revealed remains of the 16th century inn, which was converted into a playhouse in 1598 and was well known for putting on raucous comedies.

The lecture will take place at the Grade II* Listed St George’s Lutheran Church, the oldest surviving German Church in the British Isles, opened in 1762. It will be led by MOLA archaeologist Heather Knight, who led the recent dig and has extensive experience excavating London's Elizabethan playhouses.

Heather will explain what was found and how the excavation is helping to shape our understanding of the site’s history, before, during and after the Boar’s Head Playhouse opened for business in 1598.

Please join us for some wine and cake following the presentation.

Tickets are £10 and can be purchased in advance via Eventbrite.

This site is being developed by Unite Students, with RPS Group acting as consultants, and work being monitored by Historic England. Look out for updates on the progress of the dig on the Unite blog and Twitter, and the MOLA blog and Twitter.