When you cross a bridge over the magnificent Thames, or hop on a boat and sail past London’s Docks, has it ever crossed your mind that the city’s famous river would make a nice spot for a swim? It certainly hadn’t mine, until I met Caitlin Davies earlier this year and learned all about the amazing history of wild swimming in the River Thames. For centuries the river has been a place for bathing, and in recent years has become a hot spot for outdoor swimming once again.
Later this year, to coincide with September’s Totally Thames festival, the museum will be displaying a few of our swimming related objects in our new Show Space at the Museum of London. To sit alongside some of our historic swimming collection, we’d also like to display film and photography which captures the experience of those of you who enjoy a dip in our river.
So are you a Thames swimmer? If so, we’d like to invite you to submit a short video clip (up to one minute) or a photograph or two of your adventures in the Thames. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy – your mobile phone camera will do the trick – but we’d love to get a snapshot of what wild swimming in London means to you. A selection of the submissions will feature in our small display in the autumn for our visitors to admire.
To submit an entry, email your name and a little bit of information about your Thames swimming experience to me at [email protected]. Photographs can be emailed over, but please send your film content via a file sharing site such as wetransfer.com.
Please remember that there are rules about swimming in the Thames, so we don’t encourage you to plunge in without knowing where swimming is permitted and putting your personal safety first. Swimming in central London is banned, so read up on which parts of the Thames are safe before you don your Speedos.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th August 2015. We look forward to hearing your tales!