World shipping

The Thames at work

Staff web page

Thames Explorer is extremely lucky to have such skilled staff. Together we cover a wealth of Thames related subjects from heritage to environment. Take a look at who we are here and call us to discuss how we can help you find out about the river.

Fancy pipe bowl

A great find here from the foreshore in central London. This clay pipe bowl but is surprisingly heavy with what looks like a lead rim running around the bowl edge. Clay pipe manufacture was once a way for the poor to generate money working from home. The soft clay was rolled out into a sausage and pressed between 2 moulds. The skill was to push a thin wire along the length of the stem to make a channel for the smoke, without piercing the side. Look for the manufacturers mark at the bottom of the bowl where the rest is.

Unfortunately pipe bowls are becoming harder to find on the foreshore as more and more are removed – some being sold for personal gain. We recommend, hard as it is, that you remove nothing from the foreshore and instead come away with knowledge and experience.

All artefacts of historical interest should be reported to the Finds Liaison Officer at Museum of London: email swyatt@museumoflondon.org.uk

2017-18 school brochure NOW OUT!

Welcome back to pupils and staff! Hope you have a great Autumn Term 2017. Our new Schools Brochure 2017/18 is out now, download it here. We have maintained last years prices but some things may have changed so please call Lorraine on  020 8742 0057 to discuss your school visit.

NEW. Schools pre-history programme

We are please to announce we have a new pre-history programme starting in the spring of 2017 called – Tribes and Tides: A voyage through prehistory (history with cross curriculum links)

This programme provides an opportunity to observe the local environment and discover the local history of the river and how it links to a wider historical context. To find out more click here.

New site – Brunel Museum Rotherhithe

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe! From September we are able to offer schools programmes and family foreshore explorations here. For more details see schools brochure and exploring section of our website.

Brunel Museum update

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe! From September we are able to offer schools programmes and family foreshore explorations here.  For more details see schools brochure and exploring section of our website.