Secret Rivers

Discover the secrets of London’s lost rivers in this new exhibition. What can they tell us about life in the capital through time? Open 24 May to 27 October 2019.

Secret Rivers for schools

These waterways have shaped our city

Intriguing histories of the River Effra, Fleet, Neckinger, Lea, Wandle, Tyburn, Walbrook and Westbourne all feature.

Plan a school visit to our latest free exhibition

Take a deep dive into the geography and history of the capital with a visit to Secret Rivers, the latest major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands.

Explore the stories of the capital’s lesser-known rivers such as the Lea, Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne through archaeological finds, works of art, photography and film.

Reveal the lives of the the people who lived and worked alongside them, from prehistoric times to the present day, through all kinds of objects discovered in and around them.

Examine the rivers that feed the Thames through themes such as pleasure and poverty, religious rituals, activism and urban renewal, and see how artists have been inspired by their stories.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the Secret Rivers exhibition page.

Curator Kate Sumnall with Bronze Age sword

Found in the Thames

Curator Kate Sumnall with a late Bronze Age sword discovered in the River Thames.

Book a self-directed visit

To book a free self-directed visit to the exhibition for your class, please fill in our self-directed booking form and select Secret Rivers on the ‘Gallery Resources’ section of the form.

Help with visit costs

Are you a London school? You might be eligible for money to cover transport and visit costs! Find out more on the Culture Mile School Visits Fund website (external link, opens in a new tab).

Make a planning visit

We highly recommend making a planning visit before bringing your class to the exhibition. The exhibition is free to visit and is open from 24 May – 27 October 2019 from 10am - 6pm every day. There is no need to book a planning visit.

Meet the Curator teachers’ event

Join us on Thursday 4 July 2019 for a special ‘Meet the Curator’ event for teachers. This free event will take place from 4.30-6pm and will include an opportunity to join a tour led by the exhibition’s curator.

To register your interest in the event please email [email protected] and include your school’s name and your job title.

Resources for schools

We've written a handy information pack to help you plan your visit:

Download information for teachers (PDF 7mb, opens in a new tab)

And we have an annotated map of London showing the many waterways that flow into the Thames. Which one is closest to your school?

Download map of London's secret rivers (PNG, 3.6mb, opens in a new tab)

Keep in touch!

To keep up to date with news and information about Secret Rivers please sign up to our Teachers’ Network.

Contact us

If you have any questions about bringing a school group to the exhibition, please contact [email protected]