We’re planning an outdoor immersive event which will see participants following clues to collect pages from a zine.

Each page will feature a story of personal connections to London’s River Thames. The clues will take participants on a trail along the river, mapping stories through time and space. The trail will amplify unheard voices from the past, unwrap hidden stories, and allow teams and individuals to explore an alternative history of the River Thames. The completed zine will direct participants to a secret location alongside the Thames for a magical evening event.


Like to get involved?

Roles (you’re very welcome to take on more than one role!)
The New Wave programme is aimed at young people aged 18 – 25, but we welcome all those who feel young at heart!

Story researchers – volunteer role, expenses covered
You might already have a Thames-based tale that you think deserves telling. You might be inspired by MOLA excavations such as the skeleton of a woman found buried on the Saxon foreshore near Queenhithe, who was possibly executed as a witch. Or by volunteer research such as the story of Greenwich resident and Victorian inventor extraordinaire, Celeste Sinibaldi, a blacksmith who had ambitions to save the lives of British sailors. We’ll provide support to help you carry out your research. Once you have your story you’ll work with an illustrator/designer to create a page for the zine.

Clue creators – volunteer role, expenses covered
You’ll create the clues that will lead participants on the event trail.

Event organisers – volunteer role, expenses covered
You’ll help to co-ordinate the planning and delivery of the event. Tasks might involve: finding venues to host the pages of the zine; overseeing the printing and distribution of the zine pages; helping to organise the evening event.

Illustrators/designers – paid role
You’ll work with the volunteers to turn their research into pages for the zine. We’ll need to have the zine finalised, printed, and distributed ahead of the event. Please get in touch with your rates if you are interested in this role.

Planning meeting (Zoom): Wednesday 27 July, 7.30pm. Email Claire for link
Research and zine design: now – late August
Zine design finalised: 31 August 2022
Zine printed and distributed: 1 – 7 September 2022
Event: Saturday 10 September 2022