20 March 2017

MOLA’s Time Truck showcases finds from the Curtain Theatre for the first time in public

To celebrate Shakespeare Week, we are inviting you to immerse yourselves in all things Shakespeare on Friday 24 March from 12 noon to 6pm, by climbing aboard MOLA’s Time Truck to enjoy a pop-up exhibition of some of the fascinating artefacts discovered during the excavation of the Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch, one of Shakespeare’s least historically documented playhouses.

The Time Truck will be located in front of Hackney Town Hall where visitors will have the chance to see artefacts such as money boxes and bird whistles which were discovered at the theatre and talk to one of the archaeologists who discovered the Curtain. This is the first time the finds will be on public display since their discovery, and they will be complimented by displays of photographs from the excavations as well as the first-hand knowledge of MOLA archaeologists who worked on the site.

The day will also involve the piloting of an innovative archaeology-led education workshop based on the discoveries at the Curtain which combines learning about history and archaeology with physical theatre techniques. This will eventually form part of MOLA’s Time Truck Schools Programme, a free offer to Key Stage 2 pupils due to be expanded into Hackney in the 2017/18 academic year.