Since 2017, Thames Discovery Programme - London’s largest community archaeology project - has been helping communities to develop archaeological skills with foreshore experts.
The Tadpoles is a group of young people aged 8-18 who meet regularly on sites across London led by community archaeologists. They learn about the basics of foreshore recording and can get stuck into practical sessions down on the foreshore and put their newly acquired skills to work recording and observing the archaeology of the River Thames foreshore and discovering the rich heritage of the river. No previous experience is needed to join and every member of the Tadpole group will have the opportunity to complete the CIfA accredited Archaeology Skills Passport.
John Sage, Tideway’s corporate responsibility manager, said: “Our goal at Tideway is to reconnect London and Londoners with the River Thames, and this fantastic programme is an opportunity to explore the rich history of the river from its very own banks.”
The programme is run by an experienced archaeology team who are DBS checked and first-aid trained. Thanks to support from Tideway the Tadpoles sessions are all free of charge.