As we can’t get out on to the foreshore at the moment, we’re sharing some of our #ForeshoreFavourites on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We’ll do a regular FROG blog round up too, as an archive and for those of you not on social media. Here are our posts from the 9th – 15th May 2020.

Low Tide Lockdown

9th May saw us (virtually) visiting the foreshore as we headed to Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks Farm for a fieldwork session from home – read all about it here.

Sail to Steam


Woolwich Dockyard in 1790, National Maritime Museum

A noticeably nautical theme to the week with a recommended watch of Eliott’s lecture for Gresham College about ship building and breaking on the Thames and Gustav’s article commenorating the 200th anniversary of the construction of the famous HMS Beagle at Woolwich.

We also shared some wonderful footage from Pathe News of the excavation of a Roman boat in the City of London in 1963.

Museums Unlocked

We joined in with two themes for #MuseumsUnlocked on Twitter this week – castles and smaller London museums. We shared some of our archive images of the Tower of London and the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe.


Romans, writing and archaeology


© British Museum

A big thank you to FROG Member Hilary Davies for a wonderful blog about using archaeological discoveries of Roman activities in her birthplace in Southwark as inspiration for her poetry.

We completed our week on a Roman note with this unusual item from the collections of the British Museum – it’s described as an animal clamp – for religious or ritual use…..