Boat builders, bridge builders, watermen, lightermen, rowers, fishers, beach goers, mudlarks, archaeologists and more – share your memories of the Thames foreshore!

We are launching London’s Lost Waterway oral history project to record people’s experiences of the Thames foreshore. We hope to interview some of the many people who have used the foreshore for work or leisure, and helped maintain the free navigation of the Thames. If you have been visiting the foreshore for 20 years or more, we’d love to hear from you!

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in sharing their memories, contact us at or ring 020 7410 2207


This oral history project will increase our understanding of how and why people have used and accessed the Thames foreshore and how it has changed over time. We plan to create a digitised archive of oral history testimonies and a collection of photographs, newspaper clippings and diaries relating to the Thames foreshore. The project will form an enduring collection that can be studied and enjoyed into the future.

Our team of trained volunteer oral history interviewers will work with older Londoners to capture their personal experiences of the foreshore and how it’s changed over time. London’s Lost Waterway oral history project is supported by funding from City Bridge Trust.