Discover the exciting history of the River Thames




  Bankside Family Walk

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Tideway has joined forces with the award-winning Thames Discovery Programme to launch a programme of events exploring the history and archaeology surrounding the River Thames.

Supported by Tideway, Thames Discovery Programme – which trains volunteers to record and monitor the archaeology of the River Thames foreshore - is running a programme of free youth and family events for Londoners to discover the archaeological heritage of the river.

Between April and September 2017, the ‘Tadpole’ youth volunteer group for eight to 18-year-olds will hold sessions for budding archaeologists to gain first-hand experience of foreshore recording and observation with London’s largest community archaeology project.

Alongside these events, there will also be a series of guided family walks on weekends, skills workshops and free community lectures covering fascinating subjects such as ships and shipbreaking and crime and punishment on the Thames.

Josh Frost, Senior Community Archaeologist at Thames Discovery Programme, said: “The Thames Discovery Programme’s volunteers have made discoveries that have changed our understanding of London and people’s interaction with the river over thousands of years. It has also helped Londoners to develop new skills and actively take part in the unforgettable experience of discovering the past.

Working with Tideway, we look forward to offering more people the chance to get involved with exploring the rich history of the Thames.”

John Sage, Tideway’s corporate responsibility manager, said: “Our goal at Tideway is to reconnect London and Londoners with the River Thames, and this fantastic programme is an opportunity to explore the rich history of the river from its very own banks.”

With additional support from Tideway, the expanded Thames Discovery Programme is creating a new, younger generation of archaeology enthusiasts through the creation of the Tadpoles group, which will join the existing adult FROGs (Foreshore Recording and Observation Groups). 

It will also deliver curriculum-linked sessions on Thames heritage to London schools, both in the classroom and in the foreshore.

The full calendar of events appears below and is available online at and


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