Date of release: Friday, September 27, 2013

The University of GreenwichThe excavation of a Roman temple in Greenwich Park is just one of the topics to be discussed at a free history event at the University of Greenwich next week.

Greenwich Past: Pensioners, Paupers and Pageants, a one-day event open to the public on Saturday 5 October, looks at the history of the Old Royal Naval College, home to the university’s largest campus, and surrounding area.

Organised by University of Greenwich historians, the day begins with Harvey Sheldon’s presentation: The Excavation of a Roman Temple in Greenwich Park. He is followed by Dr Laura Allan: Interpreting History - Severndroog Castle; and Andy Brockman: Zeppelins, Andersons and Ack Ack - Conflict Archaeology in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

There are limited places available for a tour of the Old Royal Naval College during the break for lunch at midday. After lunch Dr Martin Wilcox presents: The “Poor Decayed Seamen” of Greenwich Hospital, 1705-1763. Dr Sandra Dunster follows with: 'A Heavy and Increasing burden'? The Royal Naval Hospital and the parish of Greenwich.

In the day’s final session Dr Chris Ware presents Gin, tea and tobacco: the Royal yachts at Greenwich, 1690-1745. Dr Emma Hanna rounds the day off with Patriotism and Pageantry: the Greenwich Night Pageant, 1933.

The event runs from 9.30am until 4pm in King William Court, room 002, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS. To book a place, for all or part of the day (specifying which), please email:

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