23rd – 24th September 2017

Discover the secrets of the river Thames at this special festival weekend filled with activities for the whole family at the Museum of London Docklands.


Liquid History: Performance
Saturday, 2pm
Walkabout performances
Saturday, 1.30pm & 3pm
A performance by Gestalt Arts exploring the story of London through five objects discovered the river’s shores.

The Junk Orchestra. Build, play, record!
Sunday, 12.30-1.15pm, 1.45-2.30pm & 3-3.45pm
Not everything found in the river is treasure. Experience a junk show, join the band and build your very own musical instruments out of everyday recycling, before playing a rocking tune!

Local community performances
Watch performances based on museum objects devised by local community dance and music groups especially for this festival.

J’s Dance Factory
Saturday, 1pm
Enjoy a performance exploring the role of dockers who worked in the museum when it used to be a warehouse, as well as a dance paying tribute to the docks as an entry point for goods from around the world.

Anna Fiorentini Film & Theatre School
Sunday, 2pm
Watch performances inspired by museum themes, such as frost fairs which were celebrations held on the River Thames when it froze over during winter.

The Whale’s Song storytelling
Saturday, 12.15-12.45pm, 1.15-1.45pm & 3-3.30pm
Sunday, 12.15-12.45pm, 1.15-1.45pm & 2.30-3pm
Some bones have been discovered in the Thames! Who do they belong to and what do their bones tell us? Find out in this interactive storytelling session based on The Whale’s Song by Dylan Sheldon.



Building Bridges
Saturday, 12-1.30pm, 2.30-4pm
Add to our collaborative river scene and design bridges that span the River Thames and connect Londoners together.

Billy & Charley’s
Sunday, 12.15-1.30pm & 2-3.45pm
Mudlarkers are people who search the Thames foreshore for valuable objects. In 1857 Billy and Charley decided to make their own ‘Medieval’ artefacts fooling many collectors and scholars. See if you can master the medieval marks and make your own foil badges.

Lighting up the Thames
Saturday & Sunday, 12-1pm & 1.30-3.30pm
Archaeologists find old and new things by the side of the Thames. After every Diwali small clay oil lamps appear. Make a clay lamp in preparation for the festival of light next month.

Sugar, spice and all things nice
Saturday, 12.30am – 2.15pm & 3-4pm
Sunday, 12.30am – 2.15pm & 2.45-4pm
Tea, spices, sugar, feathers and other items from countries around the world were stored and sorted in this building when it sued to be a warehouse. Touch and smell some of these objects in this sensory craft.


Hands-on archaeology
Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Become an archaeologist for the day in this hands-on workshop led by museum staff.

Animating the Thames
Saturday & Sunday, 12.15-1.15pm, 1.45-2.45pm & 3-4pm
Use our iPads and learn how to create stop-motion animation videos using real artefacts from the Thames foreshore.

Movement sea-mphony
Saturday 3-3.30pm
Sunday, 1-1.30pm & 3-3.30pm
Sail like a ship. Push, pull and lift like a dock worker. Use games and body improvisations to explore how precious goods travelled from the sea to the docks in this movement workshop.

Liquid History: workshop
Saturday, 3.20-4pm
What does London mean to you? Join this family-friendly workshop exploring five objects found from the River Thames through music and drama.

River research
Saturday, 12-1.30pm & 2-3.45pm
Sunday, 12-1.45pm &2.30-3.45pm
Become an archaeologist by researching and drawing a Thames discovery, and then use the grid reference to add your drawing to our giant Thames river where it was found.