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Drawing inspiration from Florentijn Hofman’s secret pre-historic Thames commission, and the ancient geology of London, poet and arts producer Tom Chivers, Natural History Museum Paleontologist Victoria Herridge and guerrilla geographer Daniel Raven-Ellison explore the geological wilds of London, past, present and future.

Dr Victoria Herridge has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology and was responsible for identifying the smallest mammoth ever known to have lived. Her current research at the Natural History Museum focuses on the evolution of island mammals during the last Ice Age and her internationally recognised work helps us understand evolutionary responses to extreme climate change.

Tom Chivers is a British poet, arts producer and editor whose writing attempts to capture the contemporary city in flux. A specialist in London’s lost rivers and hidden geology, Tom’s project ADRIFT for Cape Farewell explored climate as culture, mapping the natural territories written into urban space: the peat bog underneath Elephant & Castle, Battersea’s tidal loop, and London’s bricked-up rivers, the Walbrook, Effra, Fleet&hellip

Daniel Raven-Ellison is a guerrilla geographer, National Geographic Emerging Explorer and family adventurer. This spring Daniel launched his campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City. A proposal that celebrates the city’s 628sqkm of green space, the 132 different species of bird and over 300 languages spoken by its occupants. Who knows what seeing (y)our entire city as a National Park could do for its and our development, psyche and outlook