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Maritime Lecture Series: Totally Thames Festival



Date: Every Thursday, 1 September – 6 October 2016

Time: 11.00-12.30

Venue: Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum

Admission: £8.00 adult

Age: 16+

The Roman and Medieval Ports of London

Project Director of the Discovery Thames Programme, Gustav Milne, explores how trade has long been at the heart of London’s prosperity. Over 40 years of archaeological investigations have revealed the site of a Roman harbour and bridge, a mid-Saxon port on the Strand, and later Saxon and medieval harbours in the City.

Date: 1 September 2016

The Disappearing Archaeology of the Thames at Greenwich

The Thames at Greenwich has some of the most vulnerable foreshore archaeology in London. Join Community Archaeologist of the Thames Discovery Programme, Helen Johnston, to see how 20 years of archaeological investigations have revealed features from the Mesolithic period through to the modern day, including shorefront remains of Greenwich Palace.

Date: 8 September 2016

Thames Discovery Programme

For thousands of years, the Thames has held special meaning as a crossing place. Explore aspects of ritual and religious activity connected to the river, and the archaeological evidence for these, recorded by the Thames Discovery Programme and others. This lecture is led by Head of Community Archaeology, Nathalie Cohen.

Date: 15 September 2016

The Thames beyond London: Archaeology Downstream

Unconstrained to central London, discover the archaeological record of the Thames foreshore. Lara Band and Oliver Hutchinson of CITiZAN (the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) reveal forts, forests and fish traps that have become visible as water recedes and tides erode the river banks of North Kent and Essex.

Date: 22 September 2016

Blackwall Shipyard and the East India Company

Ships have been built at Blackwall since the Middle Ages. Using the National Maritime Museum collections, this talk by Assistant Curator of Ship Models, Nick Ball, will track the history of the shipyard, from building the East India Company and Royal Navy ships in 17th and 18th centuries, to some of the earliest 19th-century steam ships.

Date: 29 September 2016

Roman and Medieval Waterfronts: Recent Excavations at Sugar Quay, London

The quay has been at the centre of the port of London since the late 1st century AD. From Roman beginnings, the site later became the location of a custom house in the medieval period. Major excavations by MOLA on the Thames waterfront have revealed new information about this multi-phase site.This lecture is led by Sadie Watson from Museum of London Archaeology.

Date: 6 October

Venue Details & Map

National Maritime Museum Greenwich

Romney Road
SE10 9NF
+44 (0)20 8312 6565
Public transport:
Rail – Greenwich (zone 2) DLR – Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich By boat – from most central London piers

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