It is estimated that over a thousand people live afloat on the Thames between Teddington Lock and the Thames Barrier. These floating villages have a rich and, until now, untold history. Based on photography, archive research and oral history interviews, this exhibition draws together the past and the present, tracking the evolution of houseboat life on one of the world’s most vibrant rivers.

Watch the teaser film and go through the porthole... 


Read the Life Afloat publication here... 


Photography by Katherine Fawssett
Oral history film by digital:works 


Watermans, 40 High St, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 0DS

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