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The Thames Discovery Programme gets grant for three year community archeology programme

A Heritage Grant has been awarded to support the new Thames Discovery Programme (TDP), an exciting three year programme of community archeology on the Thames foreshore.

The Thames Discovery Programme gets grant for three year community archeology programme

Much of the River Thames foreshore is freely accessible but many sites are vulnerable to tidal scour and are unrecognisable.  The river remains a largely untapped resource and at the moment there is no map of its archeological sites.  To resolve this issue there needs to be a clearer understanding of the Thames and its resources, increasing public awareness about the river.

To achieve this, the Thames Discovery Programme plans to:

  • Communicate an understanding and promote informed enjoyment of the historic Thames to a wider audience through its Outreach Project, with the development and support of special events and training sessions

  • Encourage public participation in the monitoring of threatened sites by embedding trained members of the Foreshore Record Observation Group (FROG) in local communities

  • Mount an archeological programme to train the FROG, update archeological records for the ever-changing foreshore, and make these records more accessible

  • Establish a Steering Group to oversee the programme, raise additional funding, ensure a sustainable future for the monitoring and enjoyment of the river's archeological, industrial and maritime heritage.


The Thames Discovery Programme is a collaborative project run by the Thames Estuary Partnership and the Thames Explorer Trust, with support from the Museum of London, English Heritage and the University College London. The Heritage Grant of £421, 500 will support this programme of community archeology on the Thames foreshore,  which will run from 2008 until 2011.


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