Greenwich Maritime Centre

Environmental History Guide: Researching the River Thames

Environmental History Guide to researching the River Thames

A guide to the environmental history and governance of the River Thames and its river basin.

The guide has been created by the 'Running the River Thames' project at the University of Greenwich (2011 to 2013). One of the main aims of the Thames project was to provide a public resource for anyone interested in finding out more about the environment of the river and its history. Some sections of this website reflect the project's focus on the past fifty years, but several sections also consider the period since the mid nineteenth century.

Features of the research guide

  • Timeline for the environmental governance of the River Thames since the 1850s
  • Maps (current and historical) for the River, River Basin and Port of London
  • Overview of River Functions
  • Who runs the Thames? Snapshots of Governance for 1960, 1965, 1974, 1990, 2013
  • Statutory organisations for the Thames river and Thames region
  • Voluntary and stakeholder organisations for the Thames river and Thames region
  • Historical Sources for the river, including a guide to archives in the Thames region
  • Bibliography (documents and academic sources for the Thames)
  • Thames on Film: links to films on the river, available online and in archives
  • Information on the Running the River Thames Project

View more information on Running the River Thames project. The Running the River Thames project was funded by the Economic & Social Research Council.