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Deptford Dockyard Watch Day

In early November the CBA organised a World Monuments Fund Watch Day, for the Young Archaeologists Club to promote awareness of the historic significance of the Deptford Dockyard site, and the potential impacts of proposed development at the site. 

Tudor Interpreter at the Deptford Watch Day

The day was attended by around 20 members of the Young Archaeologists Club London Camden and London Central groups. The Young Archaeologists toured the Museum of London Docklands, at Canary Wharf, and learned about the development of London, the Thames, trade and shipbuilding.  They also learned about Tudor exploration from a costumed interpreter, who talked about the voyages of explorers such as Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh, both of whom were associated with the Deptford site. They finished the day by building Tudor ships. 

Building Tudor Ships

The CBA was successful in having the Deptford Dockyard site added to the World Monuments Fund Watch list after its historical significance was threatened by a proposed development for a mixed use scheme to include 3500 homes, retail, a hotel and other uses. The proposal does not recognise or respond to the historical local and national significance and importance of the site. The London Mayor Boris Johnson approved the scheme in 2014, but the CBA continues to work with local groups to promote awareness and understanding of the site. 

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