Liquid History: the Thames

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15 – 17 February 2013 & 15 – 17 March 2013

Liquid History: the Thames

PLEASE NOTE, THIS PROJECT HAS FINISHED FOR 2013

WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME ALONG, AS WELL AS TO OUR FABULOUS PARTNERS – THE THAMES DISCOVERY PROGRAMME.

WE’LL BE ANNOUNCING MORE DIRTY WEEKENDS SOON, SO PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH!

When the tide is out, the Thames is the longest open – air archaeological site in London.

The Thames has always played a central role in the life of our capital city: it has been a ritual location, a source of food and water, a commercial routeway, a crossing-point, an international port and a focus of political power and grand residence.

Thousands of amazing objects have been found in and around this great river, from submerged prehistoric forests to Bronze Age swords, Roman shields, Anglo-Saxon docks, Tudor Palace jetties, marvels of Victorian engineering and more.

But every day, the strong tides of the Thames are eroding the archaeology: bit by bit, we lose more of this irreplaceable resource. In a race against time, this unparalleled record of London’s beating heart must be excavated, recorded and preserved.

The acknowledged experts in doing this unique archaeological work are the award-winning Thames Discovery Programme – our partners in this fantastic weekend.

Spend a weekend with us going back through time into the deep history of the Thames – and be a part of the work to preserve it for the future.

How many times have you glanced at the Thames and wondered what must lie beneath its waters, or along its banks?

Now is your chance to find out!

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Delftware fragment found at Trig Lane. Copyright: The Thames Discovery Programme

Tell me more

You will arrive on Friday evening for an introductory lecture, where you will learn more about the site, the archaeology, and what you’ll be doing. And meet the TDP archaeologists, DigVentures staff and your fellow Dirty Weekenders, of course!

This will be your chance to learn a bit more about the river and current archaeological research, ask questions, and get ready for the next day’s activities. And have a pint or two…

We will be based at the beautiful Angel pub in Bermondsey, which will be our Friday night meeting point, as well as our HQ for the weekend. There will be plenty of opportunities for restorative cups of tea throughout the day, and we’ll provide a hot lunch both days (vegetarian option available too).

We will be working around the tide schedule, so activities on the foreshore will occur during low tides. Saturday will include an evening lecture (beginning around 6pm), after which you are free for the evening – you are welcome to plan your own outing in London, or spend time with the Dirty Weekends crew – we’ll definitely be sticking around!

What will we be doing?

Have a look at the video on our home page to see the TDP in action and get a better idea of what excavation on the foreshore is like!

You will be fully trained by the professional archaeologists, and will work with them to excavate, record and preserve archaeological features on the foreshore. We will also have a Saturday night VIP speaker, along with finds identification sessions, guided foreshore walks, and other activities. We’ll be busy – and you will learn more about the fascinating life of the Thames than you can possibly imagine.

At the end of the weekend, you will be a fully qualified member of the FROG, and will have a membership to the TDP!

Bronze Age trackway and submerged forest at Erith. Copyright: Thames Discovery Programme.

 

The Details

Date: 15-17th February 2013 & 15-17th March 2013

Cost: £195 per person, which includes your tuition, lunch and coffee/tea, all lectures, FROG registration and a DigVentures Dirty Weekends tshirt.

Schedule

Friday evening: 7:00pm arrival at the Angel for Welcome and orientation

Saturday:

  • 9:00am Meet at the Angel
  • 9:30   Bermondsey foreshore work
  • 11:30   tea break
  • 1:00pm  Lunch (provided at the Angel, or you are welcome to bring a pack lunch)
  • 2:00   Finds Identification
  • 3:30   VIP lecture
  • 5:00   End of day! You are welcome to plan your own evening activities, or stick around with the Dirty Weekends crew – we’ll definitely be there!

Sunday

  • 9:30am Meet at the Angel
  • 10:00  Bermondsey foreshore work
  • 11:30   tea break
  • 1:00pm  Lunch (provided at the Angel, or you are welcome to bring a pack lunch)
  • 2:00   Finds Identification
  • 3:00   Guided foreshore and museum walk
  • 4:30   End of day

Click here to purchase your Dirty Weekend!

Accommodation and Travel

*Please note, accommodation is not included in the Liquid History Dirty Weekend.

Never fear! We’ve got you covered. Click here for a great list of recommended accommodation, with choices for all budgets, and a map with travel timings and suggested routes. Easy peasy!

Want to bring a friend, or plan a group outing? Ask about discounts through our Friends with Benefits programme!

  • Receive 20% off the price if a friend joins you
  • Sign up five friends and you come for free!
  • Special rates available for larger groups

What should I pack?

You will need warm clothing – please remember to bring layers, and extras of everything in case you need a change during the day.

A full set of waterproofs

Boots: wellies and/or study boots, plus a change of footwear

Backpack: to bring a change of clothes to site

A warm hat and gloves

A plastic carrier bag: to put your muddy boots in when we go to the Angel – no muddy shoes allowed inside!

Anything else you might need for a two-day working weekend!

Any questions? Send us an email on info@digventures.com or call 0208 333 5770

*You must be 18 or older to participate