The Thames Discovery Programme

We are very excited to introduce our partners in the Liquid History weekend: the award-winning and absolutely fantastic Thames Discovery Programme!

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

However, many of the exposed archaeological sites are often unrecognised and unprotected, and almost all are vulnerable to the twice–daily scouring from the tidal ebb and flow, and thus require close monitoring.

Building on initiatives pioneered by the Museum of London’s Thames Archaeological Survey that took place from 1993 – 1999, and the Thames Explorer Trust’s innovative education projects, the Thames Discovery Programme works on the foreshore, excavating, recording and protecting sites- as well as inviting the public to come along and learn the archaeological techniques needed to work in such a unique environment.

dirty weekendsThe TDP run a fantastic public group called the FROG, or Foreshore Recording and Observation Group. As a member of the FROG, you can work on your own, with others or alongside the TDP on active excavations, and have the opportunity to publish your own work on the FROGblog. it is a truly unique programme that is designed to allow anyone who is interested to play a part in the important work of the TDP. As a member of a DigVentures Dirty weekend, you will automatically become a FROG and have access to this fantastic resource.

The TDP also run Riverpedia: a one-stop shop for anything and everything you want to know about London’s great river, and her archaeology!

This ambitious project is hosted by Museum of London Archaeology. Other partners include the Museum of London, English Heritage and the UCL Institute of Archaeology.