Community Lecture Programme


Join the Thames Discovery Programme for our series of FREE evening lectures for adults focusing on the history and archaeology of the River Thames. These events will be held at locations across London, including Mortimer Wheeler House. Lectures start at 7.00pm, doors open at 6.30pm.

These lectures are offered for free thanks to funding from Tideway.

23rd May 2017


Ships and Shipbuilding by Eliott Wragg


Few people today are aware of London’s extraordinary past as a shipbuilding centre. While we instinctively think of Portsmouth, Plymouth and the Clyde as the homes of the Royal Navy, London played a greater part than any of these. Little physical evidence of these vast enterprises is visible behind the river wall but when the tide goes out the Thames foreshore gives us glimpses of just how much nautical activity took place along its banks. An even more unknown and yet more enduring London industry is that of shipbreaking. As long as ships have been built they have also been broken up; suitable timbers being incorporated into new vessels, others re-purposed in structures, made into furniture or used as firewood. On the Thames foreshore, we find much more evidence of shipbreaking than we do of building- scant remnants of this virtually invisible yet vitally important industry.

Location: The Visitor Centre, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED
Time: 7.00pm start

15th September 2017


Crime and Punishment by Josh Frost


From pirates hung in gibbets at Execution Dock to tales of burglary and wrongdoing in the Old Bailey records, join us to find out more about the river and London’s underworld in this evening lecture.

Location: John Stow Room, Guildhall Library, City of London
Time: 7.00pm start

1st December 2017

TDP Top Ten by Nathalie Cohen


In 2018, the Thames Discovery Programme will be 10 years old. This evening talk will look back over some of the highlights of London’s largest community archaeology project. It will also be an opportunity for wintry celebrations – please join us for a glass of wine and a mince pie!

Location: Institute of Archaeology, London.
Time: doors open 6.30pm, 7.00pm start
Price and booking:
This event is free of charge but spaces are limited.

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