Tales From the Thames is a schools based oral history project aimed at recording the incredible history of the Thames Lightermen. Children will be working with digital-works to explore this history and present their findings in writing but also in filmed oral history interviews which will be edited into a documentary to be shown in schools, museums, film festivals and libraries across London and the UK.
The film was shown to an enthusiastic response at the Upper Tideway Branch of the River Thames Society AGM.
"I wanted to feed back to you how fantastic we found the film. We were lucky to have in the audience an elderly lady whose father and family had worked on the river, and she provided asides as and when she recognised scenes. It wasn't until right at the end when we saw the credits that we were reminded that primary schools had been key to the production - how proud they must be with this achievement. We will be commending it highly to other groups that share our interest in the river.
Please thank all those involved for a job so very well done."
Hilary Pereira Chair, Upper Tideway branch, River Thames Society