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About Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail

Crossrail Limited has undertaken one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever seen in the UK, unearthing archaeological finds from almost every important period of London’s history.

Since construction of the Elizabeth line began in 2009, over 100 archaeologists have found tens of thousands of items from 40 sites, spanning 55 million years of London’s history and pre-history. The new railway runs east to west through some of the capital’s most significant historical areas.

The story of London uncovered from beneath the streets of the city will be one of the greatest legacies of the Crossrail project, to be enjoyed for years to come.

Archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, are currently on display alongside the story of this great feat of engineering in a major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands,  which runs from 10 February 2017 to 3 September 2017.

For the first time, the exhibition has been made available online through this website.  As you walk through the exhibition space in stunning 360 degree imagery, visitors are taken on a site-based journey, following the map of the new Elizabeth line.  Clicking on objects within this virtual exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the history of London and a glimpse of what the future holds for this great city.

Visit the Crossrail website for more information about the construction of the Elizabeth line.