Thames Discovery Programme


The Thames Discovery Programme, hosted by MOLA, is one of the UK’s most successful community archaeology projects. The project provides access to archaeology and leads efforts to record the largest archaeological site in the UK; the Thames foreshore.

The project has mobilised and trained hundreds of volunteers, known as FROGs (The Foreshore Recording and Observation Group). All FROGs are fully trained in foreshore recording techniques and health and safety and so far have recorded 60 Thames foreshore archaeological sites at risk.

I’ve learned more about history and archaeology within a few months of being a FROG than in a lifetime of visiting museums.”  
Thames Discovery Programme volunteer

The Thames Discovery Programme has won three awards and reached hundreds of thousands of people through events, the project website and via social media. Amongst its many achievements, the project has resulted in the discovery of the oldest structure in central London at Vauxhall and the remains of the HMS Duke of Wellington in Charlton, the largest warship in the world when launched.

The Thames Discovery Programme is generously supported by Tideway and the City Bridge Trust. Visit for full details of the project, training opportunites, outreach events and news.