A New Home for TDP

The Thames Discovery Programme looks forward to exciting times ahead, as it is taken under the wing of Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA).


The Thames continues to yield its secrets as the tide erodes to reveal ancient structures and finds, and the vital work of the FROG will now continue under MOLA’s management. This month, MOLA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Thames Estuary Partnership and Thames Explorer Trust, framing their shared commitment to continuing to explore, understand, record and celebrate the river’s famous ‘liquid history’.

Taryn Nixon, Managing Director of MOLA said:

The Thames is one of the largest archaeological sites in the country and the fact so many Londoners have volunteered their time to discover and record its archaeological secrets is one of the most exciting community projects we have ever experienced. We are committed to involving more volunteers around the country to participate in projects like this, as a way of deepening all our understanding of our all-important local heritage.”

Nathalie Cohen of TDP said:

We’re delighted to be formally part of the MOLA family and feel this wonderful organisation will allow access to greater opportunities and enable our committed FROG members to benefit from the expertise of the superb team here.”


Taryn Nixon, Managing Director of MOLA and Peter Bye, Chairman of TEP
signing the Memorandum of Understanding

The TDP was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) from 2008 to 2011 and has produced an invaluable record of the area’s archaeology. During this time, the TDP was managed by Thames Estuary Partnership and Thames Explorer Trust, supported by a number of bodies including the Port of London Authority, English Heritage, University College London, the Museum of London, LP Archaeology and MOLA.