Weapons of mass distraction: Time and Tide

For anyone around in London this weekend, 19th and 20th July, a very special event will be taking place.

The annual Tower Open Foreshore event is one of the only opportunities for people to get down onto the foreshore at The Tower of London, and it’s very popular indeed. It’s also FREE 😀

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This weekend, staff and volunteers from The Royal Armouries will be joining other groups including Historic Royal Palaces, the City of London Archaeological Society (COLAS), Thames Discovery Programme (TDP) and Thames 21 to delight the summer masses on the embankment and the foreshore.

You can do some foreshore foraging and have finds identified by experts, see the entrance to Traitor’s Gate from the river side, there’s usually some dressing up, lots of artefacts to look at and handle, and this year The Royal Armouries will be showing some of the archive from the 1986 Armouries Workshops foreshore dig for the very first time.

So if you’re around, come on down to Tower Hill, on the embankment, and have a go at some badge making, learn about the Ordnance workshops, have a look at some gun parts from flintlock weapons and generally mess about by the river.

It’s fun 😀


NB. Access to the foreshore is tide dependent. The approximate times are:

12.45 – 14:45 approx. on 19th July
13.30 – 15:30 approx. on 20th July
NOTE: these are approximate times and are dependent upon tides.


More info here:


Further information (courtesy of TDP)

Access to the river foreshore is dependent upon safety and the tide times. Access is on a first come, first served basis, and numbers will be restricted to up to 500, depending upon safety advice. Only surface level archaeology is permitted and any significant finds must be recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Sturdy footwear is recommended, a plastic bag and wet wipes may come in handy, metal detectors are strictly prohibited!



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