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The Thames Discovery Programme

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About the Project

When the tide is out, the Thames is the longest open-air archaeological site in London, and much of the foreshore is freely-accessible. However, many of the exposed sites are often unrecognised, while all are vulnerable to the daily scouring of the tidal river, and thus require close monitoring. Building on initiatives pioneered by the Museum of London’s Thames Archaeological Survey (1993-9), and the Thames Explorer Trust’sinnovative education projects, the thames discovery programme aims to communicate an understanding and informed enjoyment of the historic Thames to the widest possible audience. This ambitious project is hosted by the Thames Estuary Partnership, in the UCL Environment Institute, and the Thames Explorer Trust, with generous support from Heritage Lottery Funding. Other partners include the Museum of London, English Heritageand the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

Community Outreach

We are developing a new Outreach Project, working with schools, river user-groups and the wider community through a new programme of targeted teaching, special events and through the development of interpretive material. This part of our public progamme is run by our Outreach Officer, based in the Thames Explorer Trust offices in Corney Reach, Chiswick W4.

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Archaeological Survey

We also employ a team of archaeologists undertaking an Archaeological Survey of the exposed and threatened sites on the foreshore. This new ‘Beta Survey’ updates and extends the original ‘Alpha Survey’ recorded some ten years ago and the resulting data passed to the Greater London Sites and Monuments Record (GLSMR). Our archaeologists actively encourage public participation in the subsequent monitoring of these threatened sites. They will train up the new Foreshore Record Observation Group (FROG), with its membership drawn from local communities. This team will then systematically monitor the key sites on a regular basis, providing a long-term sustainable future for the monitoring and enjoyment of the river’s historic maritime heritage. Our Community Archaeologists will be based with another one of our partner institutions, the Museum of London, at Mortimer Wheeler House.

Getting involved

We are actively seeking public participation and hope to include as many people as possible in the project over the next three years. If you are interested in becoming involved with FROG, sessions for schools, groups, special events or just want to find out more, please contact the Outreach Officer Lorna Richardson

c/o The Thames Explorer Trust
The Pier House
Corney Reach Way
London W4 2UG

Telephone: 020 8742 0057
Fax: 020 8742 8131


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