A series of special Maritime lectures especially for Totally Thames led by archaeologists and curators will uncover the river Thames’ rich history, from Roman ports to recent archaeological digs.
The Roman and Medieval Ports of London: Gustav Milne
Trade has long been at the heart of London’s prosperity; over 40 years of archaeological investigations have revealed the site of a Roman harbour and bridge; a mid-Saxon port on the Strand; and later Saxon and Medieval harbours in the City.
The Disappearing Archaeology of the Thames at Greenwich: Helen Johnston, Thames Discovery Programme
The Thames at Greenwich has some of the most vulnerable foreshore archaeology in London. See how 20 years of archaeological investigations have revealed features from the Mesolithic period through to the modern day, including shorefront remains of Greenwich Palace.
With Nathalie Cohen, Thames Discovery Programme
For thousands of years, the Thames has held special meaning as a crossing place. Explore aspects of ritual and religious activity connected to the river, and the archaeological evidence for these, recorded by the Thames Discovery Programme and others.
The Thames beyond London: Archaeology Downstream: Lara Band and Oliver Hutchinson, CITiZAN (the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network)
Unconstrained to central London, the archaeological record of the Thames foreshore reveals forts, forests and fish traps that become visible as water recedes and tides erode the river banks of North Kent and Essex.
Blackwall Shipyard and the East India Company: Nick Ball
Ships have been built at Blackwall since the Middle Ages. Using the National Maritime Museum collections, this talk will track the history of the shipyard, from building East India Company and Royal Navy ships in 17th and 18th centuries, to some of the earliest 19th-century steam ships.