The story of living afloat has remained largely unknown, until Life Afloat, a brand new exhibition tracking the evolution of houseboat life on one of the world’s most vibrant rivers.

Just over 15,000 people live afloat in the UK today, with over 1,000 people living in floating residences on the tidal Thames. The first of these mooring communities dates back to 1930s, with numbers increasingly on the rise since the 1980s. However for many, life afloat lacks security and is a very fragile existence. The story of houseboat living is largely unknown and one with no written account.

Based on photography, archive research and oral history interviews, Life Afloat draws together the past and the present – for the first time ever the public will have access to a hundred years of this untold history. And the project isn’t over - we're still looking for contributions, so if you have a story of living afloat on the Tidal Thames, any old photos of the moorings, or historic material relating to life afloat? Then we’d love to hear from you - email us here.

  • Life Afloat runs until 30 September at the Watermans, 40 High Street, Brentford TW8 0DS

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