Investigating London’s smelt fishing heritage – a workshop for volunteer researchers

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Date / time: 20 November, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mews Schoolroom at Discover Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College

Investigating London's smelt fishing heritage - a workshop for volunteer researchers

The fishery for smelt was, at one time, perhaps the most important of all Tidal Thames fisheries but now the fishers, like the fish themselves, have almost gone from the estuary. The Zoological Society of London and Thames Discovery Programme are holding this initial meeting aimed at volunteers who would be interested in joining us to help us cast light on what life was like for those that fished for smelt in the heart of London.

During the meeting we will cover the following topics:

 – The biology of smelt in the Thames Estuary and what ZSL has learnt from its HLF funded smelt survey
 – The archaeological evidence of Thames fisheries in London from TDP
 – What we would like to achieve by researching smelt fishers
 – Discussion on the sources of documentation on the smelt fishery and smelt fishers
 – Open discussion
- Instructions on the follow up workshop at ZSL, London Zoo in February 2016

This event is free but you must register in advance at