Dockers: the Thames path, Greenwich

By Toby Butler

This walk begins at maritime Greenwich, one of the most historic areas of riverside in London.

This memoryscape explores the hidden history of London's docks, once the busiest docks in the world. The picture postcard, tourist views of Greenwich are quickly left behind to explore the strange quaysides and deserted industrial landscape of the Greenwich peninsula.

The walk is narrated by the people who used to work in the docks and wharfs in London. Their stories are taken from a unique collection of 200 interviews gathered when the docks fell into disuse, which is now stored at the Museum in Docklands.

The collection recalls the working life of a port that once had a workforce of 100,000 people - a culture that has almost completely disappeared in a living memory.

Most of the bank of the river you walk along looks certain to be redeveloped soon - so this may be your last chance to see what is left of London's working wharfs and shipyards.
 
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Click here to visit the Dockers trail website.

Dockers CD cover
Location: 
Cutty Sark, Greenwich
United Kingdom
51° 28' 58.5336" N, 0° 0' 35.8812" W
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