August 6


10:00 am - 03:00 pm

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Thames Explorer Trust


(North side)

Millenium Bridge , London, EC4V

London, GB, EC4V

Join us this summer for a full day session to learn about the history of the river.

This is a chance to spend the day with one of our experienced foreshore archaeologists. Please take careful note of the meeting locations and times.

Morning session 10am to 12pm. Meeting place is the front entrance of the Museum of London.
Using one of the teaching rooms at the Museum of London. Participants will divide into groups and take part in sorting activities using artefacts commonly found on the Thames foreshore. Familiarise yourself with how objects got onto the foreshore, what they were used for and what this might tell us about London’s previous inhabitants. The session covers general materials, some building materials and examples of commonly found pottery fragments. Pay close attention as many of the objects you will learn about in the museum session can be found for yourself in the afternoon foreshore session!

Lunch. 12.00pm to 1.00pm.
There is an excellent cafe in the Museum or you can bring your own lunch. Eating in the Museum is only allowed in the cafe area and for people purchasing food from the Museum facilities. If you prefer to bring your own lunch, St Paul’s Cathedral is 5 minutes’ walk away and has a grassed area suitable for picnics. How about trying to make your packed lunch as environmentally-friendly as possible: think about using reusable containers, recyclable packaging and locally sourced produce – this can be a fun challenge for families with young children! 

Afternoon session: 1pm to 3pm. Meeting at the glass obelix under the north bank of the Millennium Bridge.
This session is a chance to go onto the foreshore and put into practice what you have learned from the morning session. We will be exploring the area from the north side of the Millennium Bridge up to Queenhithe Dock. We are guaranteed to find clay pipes, pottery and lots of evidence of London’s past as the twice daily tide reveals new artefacts at each low tide. See what the tide has uncovered for you and discuss your finds with our Archaeology guide.

Our programme ends at 3pm when we will leave the foreshore.  Participants are encouraged to visit the excellent collections found in the Museum of London and compare their finds to those in the museum’s collection. The museum closes at 6pm, entry is free.

Ethical foreshore policy
After seeing people removing carrier bags full of artefacts from the foreshore a few years ago, Thames Explorer decided to adopt a policy of taking nothing from the foreshore except learning, memories and photos. It is really important to preserve the historic nature of the foreshore so we ask our participants leave artefacts where they find them. We will only be able to look for objects found on the surface as digging and scraping on the foreshore is forbidden without a full Mudlarking permit issued by the Port of London Authority. Adhering to these rules ensures we remain in compliance with the regulations of the Port of London whose permission we have to access their land.

Please pay by clicking the Paypal button above – once you are on that page you can either pay by Paypal or if you prefer click on pay by debit or credit card.

Booking is essential and group size is limited to 30 people. Cost is £25 per adult and £15 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult (minimum age for children is 5 years). Maximum of 2 children per adult. We require 15 participants for the event to go ahead. In the event of the walk being cancelled due to low numbers we will notify you two weeks beforehand and issue you with a full refund. Unfortunately we cannot issue refunds for personal cancellations. 

If you have any questions please email: or ring 020 8742 0057.
Please note our office is open Monday to Friday only.

Even though the sun may be shining please dress for the possibility of bad weather. Please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting muddy and wear wellington, walking boots or other suitable stout footwear – no crocs or sandals. 

Happy exploring…


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