Treasure in the River Thames

Tuesday 29 January at 7.30 pm

A talk by mudlarker Jason Sandy

What secrets lie buried in the thick, black mud of the River Thames? For over 2,000 years, the Thames has been a great repository of lost and discarded objects. Each object, whether mundane or extraordinary, reveals a unique story about London and the people who lived here centuries ago. Jason Sandy, a member of the exclusive Society of Thames Mudlarks, has found and recovered incredible artefacts which are on display in several museums. If you would like to see part of his extensive mudlarking collection and hear the intriguing backstories about the extraordinary artefacts, Jason will be giving the January Talk by the Thames at Chiswick Pier Trust. Come join us for an epic journey through London’s illustrious history!

Chiswick Pier Trust, The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG. £3 for non-members, FREE for members.

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The River Lea

Tuesday February 26, 2019 at 7.30 pm at Chiswick Pier Trust

London’s More Important River - The River Lea

A talk by Jeremy Batch from the Cruising Association

What do navigational buoys, lighthouses, tidal power, Britain’s first aeroplane, gunpowder, rockets, the light bulb, the diode, television, electronic warfare, the safety match, the rifle, the bouncing bomb, plate glass, plastic, petrol, gin, dog biscuits and the world’s most powerful warship all have in common? Answer: all were invented, developed, manufactured or tested along the River Lea and its accompanying man-made canal, the Lee Navigation. It has been our border with Scandinavia, London’s lifeline during the Great Plague, and the venue for the 2012 Olympic Games. It boasted Britain’s first lock with mitre gates, and now London’s newest: the Three Mills Lock on the Prescott Channel. What were the Three Mills used for, and why are there only two?

For 9 years Jeremy Batch was a Lock Keeper at Limehouse Lock, where the Regent’s Canal and the Lee Navigation meet the Thames. From November 2013, he has worked as an administrator for the Cruising Association, which is also based at Limehouse. He is well known among the boating community as an historian on Limehouse, shipping and navigation, and his talks are very popular and well attended.
A boater and a sailor, Jeremy narrowboats and motors on hired boats on the inland waterways. Until Jun 2016, he had a 24ft sailing cruiser, Dream, which was moored at Limehouse Marina.

He is a member of the Cruising Association (CA: based at Limehouse) and a former member of Greenwich Yacht Club (GYC) and his interest in the history of London’s docks and waterways began when he started to write a series of articles for Trident, the club magazine of GYC.

Chiswick Pier Trust, The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG. £3 for non-members, FREE for members.

You can turn up on the evening and buy a ticket.

Illuminated River

Tuesday March 26 at Chiswick Pier Trust at 7.30pm

Illuminated River - The Longest Public Art Commission in the World

A talk by Sarah Gaventa MA (RCA) Director of The Illuminated River Foundation

Incorporating up to 15 bridges, from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge, once complete the Illuminated River will be the longest public art commission in the world at 2.5 miles in length, along 4.5 nautical miles of the River Thames.

Following an international competition launched in June 2016, which attracted more than 105 submissions, the winning scheme, led by American light artist Leo Villareal (the artist responsible for lighting San Francisco's Bay Bridge) and London architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, impressed the jury with their exciting kinetic artwork as well as their respect for the natural environment, local inhabitants and the architectural character and history of the bridges.

Villareal will use the latest LED technology to ‘paint with light’, taking influence from the natural and social activity of the river and producing sequenced patterns that play across the bridge structures. His lighting design will engage specifically with the site of each bridge, respecting and revealing their distinctive histories and architectural features, while the integrated motion across fifteen bridges will create a unified artwork that references the river as a continuous living system.

As Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The Illuminated River will give London free art. The project also means that a wasted asset and wasted resource will now be used. The team had thought through how the project is sustainable, how it will be energy efficient and use less energy.”

The Illuminated River will act as a catalyst to improve lighting conditions, cultivate new opportunities for use of the riverscape, and define the bridges as renewed civic spaces for Londoners.

Sarah Gaventa MA (RCA) is Director of The Illuminated River Foundation which has been set up to lead and deliver the project. An Honorary Fellow of both RIBA and the Landscape Institute, Sarah is a public space and public art expert and curator, and was previously Director of CABE Space at the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment. She has been Chair of the Elephant and Castle Regeneration Forum for the past five years.

Chiswick Pier Trust, The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG. £3 for non-members, FREE for members.

You can turn up on the evening and buy a ticket.