Royal Museums Greenwich is going Totally Thames. Join us and the Totally Thames Festival in celebrating London's most eminent character with an unmissable month of lates, lectures, performances and more.

Totally Thames Event Programme

Ensemble Perpetuo: Voyages of the Sea

From the cliffs of Dover to the tempestuous Southern Ocean, Ensemble Perpetuo will take you on a poetic musical journey exploring the beauty and unforgiving nature of our seas, through music by Debussy, Roxanna Panufnik, Sally Beamish, Cecilia McDowall and Malcolm Arnold. There will also be the chance to see a special exhibition of photographs inspired by the sea and curated by The London Photo Festival.

The Landlubbers’ Maritime Folk Festival

Save yourself a journey to the coast and enjoy the best of maritime folk culture right here in the city. During the day, stomp your feet to sea shanties, hear the salty yarns of our figureheads or try your hand at some traditional maritime crafts at the National Maritime Museum. Head over to Cutty Sark in the evening as the festival culminates with BBC Folk Club winner the Nest Collective’s new monthly Shanty Sessions.

Cutty Sark and the Thames

Developed especially for Totally Thames, find out how the ship's ties with the Thames go back to when it loaded its very first cargo in 1870 in these illuminating talks.

Maritime Lecture Series: Totally Thames Festival

This special Maritime Lecture Series led by archaeologists and curators will uncover the river Thames’s rich history, from Roman ports to recent archaeological digs.

The Roman and Medieval Ports of London

Explore how trade has long been at the heart of London’s prosperity with Project Director of the Discovery Thames Programme, Gustav Milne. Over 40 years of archaeological investigations have revealed the site of a Roman harbour and bridge, a mid-Saxon port on the Strand, and later Saxon and medieval harbours in the City.

Date: 1 September 2016

The Disappearing Archaeology of the Thames at Greenwich

The Thames at Greenwich has some of the most vulnerable foreshore archaeology in London. Join Community Archaeologist of the Thames Discovery Programme, Helen Johnston, to see how 20 years of archaeological investigations have revealed features from the Mesolithic period through to the modern day, including shorefront remains of Greenwich Palace.

Date: 8 September 2016

Thames Discovery Programme

For thousands of years, the Thames has held special meaning as a crossing place. Join Head of Community Archaeology, Nathalie Cohen, as you explore aspects of ritual and religious activity connected to the river, and the archaeological evidence for these, recorded by the Thames Discovery Programme and others.

Date: 15 September 2016

The Thames beyond London: Archaeology Downstream

Contrary to popular belief, the archaeological record of the Thames foreshore is not constrained to central London. Lara Band and Oliver Hutchinson of CITiZAN (the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) reveal forts, forests and fish traps that have become visible as water recedes and tides erode the river banks of North Kent and Essex.

Date: 22 September 2016

Blackwall Shipyard and the East India Company

Ships have been built at Blackwall since the Middle Ages. Using the National Maritime Museum collections, this talk by Assistant Curator of Ship Models, Nick Ball, will track the history of the shipyard, from building the East India Company and Royal Navy ships in 17th and 18th centuries, to some of the earliest 19th-century steam ships.

Date: 29 September 2016

Roman and Medieval Waterfronts: Recent Excavations at Sugar Quay, London

The quay has been at the centre of the port of London since the late 1st century AD. From Roman beginnings, the site later became the location of a custom house in the medieval period. Join Sadie Watson from the Museum of London Archaeology as she reveals what new information has been revealed by major excavations by MOLA on the Thames waterfront.

Date: 6 October 2016

Family Fun Weekend

Tiny Tall Ships

Come and make your very own tiny tall ship to add to a spectacular river of masts and sails underneath Cutty Sark.

General Information

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich.

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich and Cutty Sark are open daily 10.00–17.00 (last admission 16.30). Cutty Sark’s opening times may be subject to change, please see website for details.

General admission to National Maritime Museum is free. Admission prices for the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark, as well as Museum special exhibitions can be found online.

The Museum is located a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR, and Maze Hill and Greenwich train stations. The closest tube stations are North Greenwich (to change to local buses) and Canary Wharf (to change to DLR), both on the Jubilee line. For updated information prior to visit please visit our web site or phone 020 8858 4422.

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