Things To Do In London At The Weekend: 16-18 December

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Things To Do In London At The Weekend: 16-18 December

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Last Updated 15 December 2011


Thames Foreshore – Walk and Talk 
Walk - Friday 16th December at 11am 
Starting at The Founders Arms Public House 
Join Dr Fiona Haughey to find out about the history of Bankside’s fascinating foreshore 
Talk - Friday 20th January at 6pm 
At The Community Space, 18 Great Guildford Street, SE1. 
Fiona will explain further about the history of the foreshore, and there 
will be a chance to discuss ways to protect the river for future generations.

Why the Thames Foreshore is important? 
The foreshore of the Thames at Bankside has evidence of 10,000 years of human presence in what is 
now central London. It is very rich in the material culture of prehistoric people as well the historic 
phases of the past two millennia. The Thames is a very fragile resource and all of this is under threat 
from both natural and human causes. 
The results of flooding in the Upper Thames valley, the building of the many bridges and piers, the 
narrowing of the river by embanking and quays, and the damage inflicted by the wash from vessels and 
extraneous digging on the foreshore all take a continuous toll. The latest concerns raised are from the 
proposed River Park from Blackfriars to the Tower. Having worked in the area since 1995, and being a 
founder of the Bankside STEWards, Dr Fiona Haughey is seeking the help of local residents and 
businesses who want to know more about this amazing resource, are interested in learning more about 
what it contains, and keen to be involved in helping preserve it for future generations to join her at two 
events she is hosting. 
Both events, the walk on the December 16th, or the talk and discussion on January 20th, are great 
opportunities to learn more about the foreshore - where history is literally beneath your feet! 
Bankside STEWards is a network of local residents and business contacts committed to caring for and 
promoting the past, present and future of the archaeology and environment of the Thames foreshore 
between Blackfriars and London Bridges at Bankside. 
For more details contact