The ships will be anchored at two Tall Ships Festival villages, one at Greenwich town centre, the other at the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich. A huge Parade of Sail will start at about 5pm on Sunday 16 April, with around 40 huge Tall Ships and other vessels sailing down the Thames in convoy.
The newly reopened House also celebrates its 400th anniversary with a major new art display, showcasing over 450 works of art by such masters as Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Reynolds. The historic Great Hall ceiling also features a spectacular new work in gold leaf by Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright.
When the tide is out, you can walk along the city’s beaches and pick up precious objects that no-one else has touched for hundreds of years. The Thames foreshore, all the way from Greenwich to Putney and beyond, is littered with treasures: pottery, old clay tobacco pipes, brass buttons and glass bottles. Picking these up is an incredible sensation, and makes one feel deeply part of London’s ever-continuing history; finding them is called mudlarking.
9 May: ‘Harlot’ and ‘Heroine’ : Exploring 19th century ideals of womanhood through the lives of Emma Hamilton and Grace Darling
Ellen Weineck, Curatorial Intern
16 May: Battles in Ink: the Pen Paintings of the van de Veldes
Zoe Mercer-Golden, Assistant Curator
23 May: Disappearance: Shipwrecks, Tacita Dean and Paul Duke
Melanie Vandenbrouck, Curator of Art