Location: Mortimer Wheeler House, Hackney and Greenwich Palace foreshore, London
Dates: Greenwich training course: 23rd-26th April Rotherhithe training course: 21st-24th May
Cost: Each course costs £100 (£50 concessions) but all subsequent fieldwork is free.
Age: 18+
Training / Experience: No previous experience required
Accommodation: None provided.
Organization: Thames Discovery Programme (TDP)
Name: Eliott Wragg
Address: Thames Discovery Programme, Museum of London Archaeology, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London, N1 7ED
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0207 4102207



TDP volunteers next to the Tudor jetty at Greenwich. (Photo: Nathalie Cohen).

TDP volunteers next to the Tudor jetty at Greenwich. (Photo: Nathalie Cohen).

The Thames Discovery Programme (TDP) is a community archaeology project recording the fast-eroding archaeology of the Thames; at low tide the Thames foreshore is the longest archaeological site in London.

To date the project has recorded over 1000 features in the dynamic and fast changing intertidal zone of Greater London, including Mesolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age features, prehistoric deposits, Anglo-Saxon fish traps, the remains of Medieval and Tudor jetties, re-used ship timbers, river defences, stairs, causeways, crane bases, bargebeds, drains and vessels, along with finds from all periods.

We organise centrally run fieldwork weeks throughout the summer, while the volunteers also comprise the Foreshore Recording and Observation Groups (FROGs) who take ‘ownership’ of sites and monitor them regularly for newly emerging archaeological features and deposits throughout the year.

In order to join TDP you first have to undertake one of our four day training and familiarisation courses comprising lectures, guided walks and fieldwork. Each course costs £100 (£50 concessions) but all fieldwork thereafter is free.


  1. Diane Eagles
    January 4, 2014 @ 9:42 pm

    I’m interested in getting involved with the Thames discovery programme as a volunteer. I live in London and have taken part in a couple of digs as a volunteer in the past. Details of work programme in 2014 would be welcome.




  2. Dean White
    January 22, 2014 @ 9:10 am

    Like wise above as Diane.




  3. Harriet Whitmarsh
    February 4, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

    Further details on the Thames discovery project would be much appreciated 🙂


  4. Ian
    August 31, 2015 @ 4:42 pm

    Is this work contining I hope so my son and I would like to get involved. When is the next one due to start?



    • Polly Heffer
      September 21, 2015 @ 11:25 am

      Hello Ian,

      More information about the Thames Discovery Programme can be found on their website:


      the CA team.


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