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Time and tide wait for Heritage lifeline

PUBLISHED: 17:16 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

A THREE-year project to investigate the longest archaeological site in London before it is literally washed away by the tide has been given a £421,000 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The River Thames project is looking into the rich maritime and industrial history that's uncovered at each low tide

A THREE-year project to investigate the longest archaeological site in London before it is literally washed away by the tide has been given a £421,000 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Thames Discovery programme is a chance to find out about the rich maritime and industrial history stretching along the river that is uncovered at each low tide.

Volunteers are to carry out an archaeological survey of the foreshore, monitor 20 sites of particular interest. They are also setting up a website and plan to run community events and an annual forum to go through each year's findings.

Schoolchildren get a chance to be involved, with 200 schools visiting the 10 Tidal Thames education network centres.

A travelling exhibition is planned at five London venues every year to display some of the artefacts that they uncover during the project. The venues include the Museum in Docklands at West India Quay, on the Isle of Dogs, the Museum of London near the Barbican in the City and the Greenwich Maritime museum.

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