Thames Discovery Programme celebrates five years of success

Thames Discovery Programme celebrates five years of success

MOLA team

October 2013 marks five years since the award winning community archaeology project, the Thames Discovery Programme (TDP), began.

The TDP is a hugely successful project, providing access to archaeology and leading efforts to record the largest archaeological site in the UK: the Thames foreshore.

Among its many achievements the TDP has…

    •  Mobilised and trained over 450 volunteers; the FROGs

    •  Monitored over 60 sites at risk on the Thames foreshore

    •  Won three awards: the British Archaeological Award for Best Community Archaeology Project and Best Representation of Archaeology in the Media, and the Archaeological Training Forum’s Training Award

    •  Reached over 100,000 people through its website and regularly engages over 3,500 individuals and organisations through social media

    •  Hosted over 200 public events, reaching some 12,000 people

    •  Discovered London’s oldest structure at Vauxhall; evidence for Bronze Age flint-knapping at Bermondsey; over 10 Anglo-Saxon fish traps; medieval jetties at the Tower of London and Greenwich; the remains of the HMS Duke of Wellington in Charlton, the largest warship in the world when launched and, the launching slips for Brunel’s SS Great Eastern, the largest ship in the world when launched

The project, hosted by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), is well established in the sector as a pioneering and positive initiative. Generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund from 2008-2011, the TDP is continually developing foreshore recording and monitoring methodologies; in advance of increasingly severe riverine erosion, providing education and training opportunities and hosting a vibrant public archaeology and outreach programme.

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