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Secret Rivers

24th May 2019 - 27th October 2019

The Museum of London Docklands reveals for the first time objects that will go on display in the upcoming major exhibition, Secret Rivers.

Secret Rivers uses archaeological artefacts, art, photography and film to reveal stories of life by London’s rivers, and explore why many of them were lost over time. Historic and contemporary artworks from artists, poets and authors will also show how London’s rivers have played an important role in the city’s imagination.

A rare 12th century triple toilet seat, which once sat above a cesspit close to the River Fleet will go on public display for the first time in Secret Rivers. Curators also plan to display a series of significant foreshore discoveries and river valley excavations, highlighting the importance of the River Thames and its tributaries as a rich source of archaeological material from London’s very earliest days to the present.

The intriguing histories of the Rivers Effra, Fleet, Neckinger, Lea, Wandle, Tyburn, Walbrook and Westbourne will all feature in the exhibition. Each river will highlight a broader theme such as poverty, industry, development, effluence, manipulation, activism, sacred association and restoration.

The museum is open daily 10am – 6pm and is FREE to all, and you can explore the Museum of London Docklands with collections online – home to 90,000 objects with more added regularly.