We’re excited to be launching a project to record the living history of London’s boatyards. The project will document the history of boatbuilding along the tidal Thames, from the Thames Barrier up to Teddington Lock, bringing to light this important history of the working river.

We are offering volunteers the chance to be part of this unique project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Working with the Museum of London, volunteers will be given extensive training in conducting oral history interviews and researching the history of the boatyards in London archives. They will have the chance to meet boat and barge builders, many of whom have family connections to the river going back generations, and to visit their boatyards. Volunteers also have the opportunity to work with the arts and education charity Digital:works, and to be trained in interviewing on film for an oral history film of the boatyards. Their research and recorded interviews will contribute to a published book, website, oral history film and series of exhibitions in the autumn.

If you’re interested in getting involved, and learning more about the history of the working river, we want to hear from you! We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can give around five days of their time between April and July 2017.

The deadline for applications is Friday 31 March.
For more information and to apply please contact Bea Moyes, Project Manager on 020 7928 8998 or bmoyes@thamesfestival.org

Photograph: Brian Liddle

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