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Firing on the Foreshore 2019

Please note:
This is a past event and has already taken place

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The London Thames is a large, self-excavating archaeological trench that winds its way across the metropolis exposing over time the history of the area over the past 10,000 years.

Join us at Firing on the Foreshore as objects made from river clay are fired on the foreshore in the way this has been undertaken over the past millennia. You can even make your own pot to be fired at our drop in Pot-making Workshop taking place on The Globe Riverstairs at 1pm on Saturday 17 Aug!

The day will also include:

  • Archaeological walks along the foreshore at Bankside to reveal the layers of history still visible
  • The health of the Thames is explored by the use of seine-netting - findings can be viewed in aerated tanks before being returned to the river
  • Hear about the creatures living in the Thames
  • Find out more about the campaign to remove plastics from the river
  • Come and handle finds from the foreshore dating across the periods – hold history within your hand!
  • A former member of the bomb disposal squad will be on hand to explain how to recognise WWII ordnance still being found on and in the Thames today

Please note: the fire is subject to tides and is likely to be extinguished by 2pm.
The stalls on the riverside walkway will be open until 5pm.


Access to foreshore is by stairs only.

However there are tables with artefacts for handling, experts in the archaeology of the Thames, environmental issues and fish in the river available on the Thames path throughout the whole day.