History of Thames Boatyards
7 February 2017
A new project has been launched to trace the story of boatyards on the Tideway.
The Thames Festival Trust is recruiting a project manager to help manage the Heritage Lottery Funded research programme.
London's Boatyards is an oral history project by the trust with heritage expert Jen Kavanagh and film makers digital:works.
The project is led by Adrian Evans, director of the annual Totally Thames festival, with heritage partner the Museum of London. The project explores the changing face, within living memory, of London's working river with a particular focus on boatyards.
The trust says: " London’s docks and the major shipyards of the nineteenth century and earlier are well documented; not so London’s twentieth and twenty first century boatyards. Yet they are rich in heritage. The river is currently undergoing a substantial renaissance.
"The Thames needs to protect its boatyards now more than ever, and there is an urgent need to record the stories of those who still have first-hand knowledge of its boatyard heritage.
The project will recruit 20 volunteers and give them heritage training to research these boatyards in local archives. It will involvereminiscence sessions, visits to the facilities and interview opportunities with people who were involved with this aspect of the working river.
The project will culminate with screenings of an oral history film, a photography commission, a public exhibition, a publication and digital content.
Source: River Thames News, 7 February 2017