In 1954, tens of thousands of people queued for hours for a chance to visit the uncovered remains of the Temple of Mithras, which had emerged from the rubble of post-war London. Sixty years on, in 2014, Bloomberg and MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) embarked on an oral history project to collect and celebrate the inspiring stories of those who witnessed the historic moment and its aftermath firsthand.
More than 100 people responded to a call to action on BBC Radio 4 to share their memories of the momentous discovery and the impact it has had on their lives. Their stories have awarded archaeologists new insight into London’s greatest archaeological discovery and demonstrate how it captured the imagination of a generation of Londoners.
In 2018, Bloomberg invited the participants back to London Mithraeum to see the restored temple for the first time. Watch the video to see their reactions and explore their stories via the archive below.