London’s Olympic Waterscape: Capturing Transition

photo by terri moreau

I’m very happy to say that today ‘London’s Olympic Waterscape: Capturing transition’ was published. I worked on the project with Michael Anton, Bradley L. Garrett, Alison Hess and terri moreau. We cooked up the idea for the project in the pub, so we’ll round it off there too. Along the way there have been some excellent moments; the people I worked with for this have consistently inspired me. Plus it’s the only part of my research I’ve ever had to fix a canoe for.

You can read the article here if you’re subscribed to the International Journal of Heritage Studies. If you’re not let me know and we’ll see what we can do, I’d love you to read about the project.


The waterways of London are an essential component of the city, with the River Thames playing a prominent role in the heritage, history and identity of place.The upcoming 2012 Olympics are highlighting the Lea Valley waterways in east London as another important part of London’s waterscape, expanding London’s global presence as a ‘water city’. As part of the Creative Campus Initiative, weundertook a project based on the broad themes of water, London and the Olympics that would give voice to the changes taking place. The result is London’s Olympic Waterscape, a 20-minute film comprising both ‘expert’ interview material discussing broad themes and developments and an embodied record of our engagement with the Olympic area during a brief period in the construction process. The present article is about the journey we took through and aroundthe east London‘s Olympic’ waterways as we attempted to capture thistransitional moment on video.

waterways; waterscape; east London; Olympics; 2012
photo by terri moreau

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