Life Afloat: Exhibition explores houseboat living on the tidal Thames

Thames Festival Trust announced Life Afloat at Watermans, a brand new exhibition tracking the evolution of houseboat life on one of the world’s most vibrant rivers. This will be a highlight of the 150 unmissable Totally Thames events this September. Just over 15,000 people live afloat in the UK today, with over 1,000 people living in floating residences on the tidal Thames. The first of these mooring communities dates back to 1930s, with numbers increasingly on the rise since the 1980s. However for many, life afloat lacks security and is a very fragile existence. A whole community at Watermans Park – adjacent to where the exhibition itself is taking place – are currently battling with Hounslow Council for their rights to stay on the mooring. The story of houseboat living is largely unknown and one with no written account. Based on photography, archive research and oral history interviews this exhibition draws together the past and the present

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