Secret rivers (free) + drinks


Join us for this FREE exhibition on the buried rivers of London. Discover the secrets of London's historic waterways:

We'll meet outside the museum from 2:50, and go in at 3pm. After the exhibition you can wander the rest of the museum's collections. At 4:30 we'll head next door to the Ledger Building (Wetherspoons) pub, till as late as people want to stay.
For centuries Londoners have existed beside a series of waterways, which have shaped the city and people within it. The history of this relationship and the art that is has inspired are the focus of our major exhibition, Secret Rivers.

Secret Rivers uses archaeological artefacts, art, photography and film to reveal stories of life by London’s rivers, streams, and brooks, exploring 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 imaginations. Previously unseen artefacts from excavations of the River Fleet and elsewhere hint at the diverse industrial, economic and religious roles these rivers have played over the centuries.

The intriguing histories of the River 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.