Tuesday 30th January – fourth meeting of 2018
Today we visited London Mithraeum Bloomberg Space where the Roman Temple of Mithras has been returned to the location of its discovery in the heart of the City of London.
We met at Cannon Street station but the trains were running late so the early arrivals of us went into the Wetherspoon The Sir John Hawkshaw pub on the station concourse and waited for the late arrivals. Here we had a drink and tea cost £1.35p and not refillable so not on the top of the list!
We then crossed the road to London Mithraeum Bloomberg where we booked into the free exhibition. The space at the beginning has a large installation Another View from Nowhen by Isabel Nolan which consists of a vibrant, hand-tufted 19.45 metre long tapestry The Barely Perceptive Vibration of Everything and a large open-form, painted steel sculpture, Blind to the Rays of the Returning Sun.
Also in this area is a very large glass fronted cabinet with many exhibits which have been discovered on the site in recent years 2010-2014. More than 14,000 individual artefacts were excavated dating from Roman times. The cabinet holds much pottery, sandals, brooches, hair ornaments, pins, and all information is available to read or from the iPad that we were given. The use of modern technology is wonderful and good that it is being introduced and I must add that we managed very well to work it and found it extremely useful.
All this is on the ground floor and then we walked down descending in time as the staircase had dates marking historic moments in London’s history until AD 410 to a mezzanine gallery area. At this level you can discover all about Mithras and the cult that built around him.
After a short while we were allowed to go into the Temple. This area was very atmospheric and had good lighting, sound, mist and voices effects. The temple ruins are amazing and are set out as they were when they were first discovered in 1954 and the show gives a good explanation of how the cult operated. After the show we walked around to look at the stone work and lay out.
This was a really good exhibition and gives a really good insight to life in the City of London in Roman times.
From here we went back to Cannon Street station for our trains home.