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What we can do for you

School Visits and Field Trips:

  • We run an exciting programme of curriculum-linked activities for schools and other education groups, using the river as an outdoor classroom. We offer a fantastic range of activities at venues along the tidal Thames from Kew to Greenwich.

Foreshore Exploration for Adults and Families:

  • We run events for adults and families wanting to discover the archaeology or the ecology of the river with an expert guide.


  • We offer in-service training ‘away days’ for primary and secondary schools which include classroom based and river-related outdoor learning activities to inspire your staff.

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Thanks to generous funding from the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund #HereForCulture, Thames Explorer can continue to keep its team together and will be adapting more of our most popular schools’ programmes into outreach and online sessions. This means we will be able to continue to teach children about the geography and history of the River Thames without schools having to travel to our sites during Covid-19.

The new grant will also support the updating of existing learning resources, creating new outreach materials, some film-making and the development of more effective ways of keeping in touch with schools.

With our first grant from the Culture Recovery Fund we have been creating a new Zoom version of our Archaeology for All programme which will be available soon, and a new KS4 GCSE Fieldwork programme which will give students the chance to study the River Thames first hand to learn about this river from source to mouth and discover the human impact that has changed it.

With an earlier Heritage Emergency Fund grant the team has already completed the online adaptation of our most popular programme, KS2 Rivers & Environmental Issues – for more information on this programme go to our Schools page:


Schools will receive an interactive game pack that supports the study of habitats, food-chains as well as the causes, effects and solutions to pollution along the River Thames. The mats and cards can be kept by schools to use as an instant classroom display.

Sample game mat for Rivers & Environmental Issues Zoom programme

For more information on our programmes please email us at info@thames-explorer.org.uk

A huge thank you to the following funders:

£64,400 granted

£40,300 granted

£9,200 granted


£4,694 granted

£333 granted

Thames Explorer – Tidal Quiz.

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Where we work and who we work with

The Thames Explorer Trust’s office is on the riverside in Chiswick, West London.

Our activities and events are offered at key sites of interest along the tidal Thames:  The London Museum of Water and Steam in Kew; The National Archives in Kew; Chiswick Pier; Fulham Palace; Museum of London and the Millennium Bridge; Museum of London Docklands; Greenwich and Rotherhithe.

See locations on the map opposite.