With the Olympics and Paralympics approaching, the East London landscape is being reshaped. This Olympic waterscape encompasses the Lea Valley, a system of braided waterways that define the area. Through film and photographs the project depicts how the Olympics and Paralympics transforms the use of these waterways. The film questions what this waterscape means and will mean to the people who care for and live with this changing landscape.

Project Timeline


31/01/10: William Raban, Director of Thames Film (1986)

05/02/10: Rob McCarthy, Olympic Coordinator for the UK Environment Agency

08/02/10: Iain Sinclair, Hackney-based author who has written extensively on water and the Olympics

12/02/10: Peter Finch, Tour Guide for the Inland Waterways Association

15/02/10: Nathalie Cohen, Director of the Thames Discovery Programme

15/02/10: Nick Bateman, Director of the Museum of London Olympic Excavations

08/03/10: Mike Seaborne, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Museum of London

08/03/10: Alex Werner, Department of Later London History and Collections at the Museum of London

16/03/10: Toby Butler, Creator of Memoryscape Audiowalks and Visiting Fellow at London East Research Institute at the University of East London

20/03/10: River Fleet Tour

20/05/10: Helene Raynsford, 2008 Beijing Paralympic Gold Medalist in Rowing

April: First round of film editing

April to May: Geographic triathlon around and on the Olympic waterscapes, including running, biking, and kayaking

May: Final edits to film and printing of images, DVDs, and postcards for exhibition

05/06/10: Exhibition set-up

06/06/10: Exhibition in the Windsor Building at Royal Holloway University of London in Egham, Surrey