Go Behind the Scenes of the Working River
London’s boat and shipyards have a long and significant history on the banks of the Thames and was the subject of our heritage project this year. Working River recorded the living history of London's boatyards from the Thames Barrier up to Teddington Lock; through oral history interviews with men and women who have been involved in the Thames boatyards over the past 70 years, the project has brought to life the memories of the Thames boat builders, documenting their testimonies for future generations.
Delve into the rich resources collected and discover the little known history of this vital industry.
Explore the photography by Hydar Dewachi
Listen to the stories from the boatyards
"Things are changing so fast that you don’t know what will work tomorrow. But traditional wooden boatbuilding has been around for a few thousand years, so I still believe that there will always be a demand for a few wooden boatbuilders."
- Mark Edwards MBE, Boat Builder