When the tide is out, the Thames is the longest open – air archaeological site in London, and much of the foreshore is freely accessible to the public. However, many of the exposed archaeological sites are often unrecognised and unprotected, and almost all are vulnerable to the twice – daily scouring of the tidal river, and thus require close monitoring.

Who We Are

Building on initiatives pioneered by the Museum of London’s Thames Archaeological Survey that took place from 1993 – 1999, and the Thames Explorer Trust’s innovative 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 was launched with generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2008, and has been hosted at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) since November 2011. Other partners include the Museum of London, Historic England and the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

Find Out More…

Find out more about the Thames Discovery Programme activities and other Thames-related events in the Events section. Learn about where we are working and more about our key sites in the Riverpedia and FROGBlog sections.

Activities for Young People and Schools Groups

• Fully risk assessed visit to the Thames foreshore to learn about its history and look at archaeological finds and features
• Local history session using maps and photographs to understand key developments in local history and make a timeline
• Global City Study sessions, learning about the impact that successive groups from around the world have had on London
• Buildings Archaeology, looking at a local historic building and developing new skills such as sketching and photography to investigate history and architecture
We can also offer whole school or year group assemblies on any of the above topics.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact the TDP team.