Thames looking east at Thamesmead West
“When the tide is out, the Thames is the longest open – air archaeological site in London, and much of the foreshore is freely accessible to the public. However, many of the exposed archaeological sites are often unrecognised and unprotected, and almost all are vulnerable to the twice – daily scouring of the tidal river, and thus require close monitoring.” (http://www.thamesdiscovery.org/programme/)
The Thames Discovery Programme is an ambitious outreach project, which aims to communicate understanding and enjoyment of this great heritage resource. Key to this is a digital outreach project, which will be directed at a wide range of audiences, and include everything from a gallery and glossary to the actual details of the field recording using the ARK sytem developed by L-P: Archaeology. The digital project closely follows the model L-P developed successfully for Prescot Street (see also this post), right down to the CSS in different colour schemes for different areas of the site.
The project has backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund, University College London, English Heritage, Museum of London, Thames Estuary Partnership, Thames Explorer Trust, and L-P: Archaeology, and looks set to be an inspiring example of community engagement.