Ancient Origins

The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames has a rich archaeological heritage. Our Ancient Origins gallery displays many of the items from the Palaeolithic Period through to the Pagan Saxon period.

Flint artefacts from the Thames, Bronze weaponry dating from 900BC, Roman coins and a Pagan Saxon human burial are all features of this gallery.


The museum holds a fine collection of Mesolithic flint tranchet axe heads, flint arrowheads and other flint tools and imported stone ground and polished Neolithic axe heads. There is a small collection of prehistoric pottery, particularly late Bronze Age domestic tableware. Other Bronze Age objects include axe heads, spears and arrowheads. The Iron Age collection is a very small but includes a gold coin hoard.

Roman history

This period is predominantly represented by building material and pottery excavated. There is also a small collection of Romano-British pottery and metalwork.