Hidden Thames Treasures Revealed

PUBLISHED: 17:47 14 March 2011 | UPDATED: 14:51 20 February 2013

Clay Pipes

Clay Pipes

Fragments from the Foreshore, a striking exhibition of contemporary photography of ancient and modern objects found on the foreshore the River Thames providing vivid snapshots into our past is on display at the River & Rowing Museum, Henley on...

Roman figures and roof tiles, medieval clay pipes through to World War Two bottle tops and anti-aircraft shells are just some of the 1,000 objects presented in themed photographs, taken by artist Michael O'Reilly. O'Reilly collected over 4,000 fragments during 15 years of kayaking along the Thames and this is the first time the photographs have been displayed.

The pictures provide vivid and unexpected glimpses back into every day life along the Thames, ancient beliefs and the river's historical role as a dumping ground. They also powerfully illustrate how rubbish discarded, no matter how long ago, is retained in the environment and returned to us as evidence of past lives and actions.
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