Greenwich’s Thames Path? There’s an app for that

Thames Path, March 2013
This looks brilliant. Viewfinder Photography has launched an app for the Thames Path through east Greenwich.

Or, in its words:

The Viewfinder Photography Gallery is delighted to launch the Thames Trail: an interactive photowalk with an accompanying phone app that reveals the industrial and shipbuilding heritage of Greenwich, from its 19th century heyday to the present.

The route begins at the Cutty Sark and follows the riverside path around the O2 Arena. Many wharves, jetties and other signs of the industrial past remain, often unknown and unnoticed, yet they tell an important story about the river and Greenwich itself.

Archive material from Greenwich Heritage Centre, the National Maritime Museum and from personal collections – including paintings, photographs and models – as well as specially commissioned interviews with local historians and residents, enable participants to imagine what the area was once like, to see how it has changed and how it continues to evolve.

The Thames Trail documents the evolving nature of the riverside. Regeneration and development are rapidly changing Greenwich’s waterfront and shifting it from an industrial to residential and commercial area. Whilst on the photowalk, participants are encouraged to take their own photographs of the riverscape as it is today – these photos will be published on the Viewfinder’s website and on the Thames Trail Flickr photostream.Walkers should allow at least an hour and a half to complete the route – and longer for stops to listen to the audio material and to take photographs.

Download the app now – for free – for Apple or for Android phones.

A launch event will be held on Friday 7 June 2013, from 7 to 9pm at MADE in Greenwich Gallery, 324 Creek Road, Greenwich SE10 9SW. Everyone is welcome.

An accompanying booklet is available to read online and / or download, for those without a smartphone or who would like to learn about industrial heritage of Greenwich from home.

For more details, and how to publish your own photos, see the Viewfinder website.

On a similar theme, there’s also an exhibition of photos of the old Syral/Tunnel Refineries site by Peter Luck at Greenwich Gallery, Peyton Place until 16 June (9am-5.30pm weekdays, 12noon-6pm weekends).

(I don’t usually do “what’s on” things or product launches – I just don’t have the time, unfortunately – but this looks absolutely brilliant.)


  1. Looks v good.

    And I’m glad they’re using that space at Peyton Place for photography exhibitions again; it was a shame when Viewfinder moved out.

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