London’s Olympic waterscape: capturing transition

Michael Anton, Bradley Garrett, Alison Hess, Ellie Miles, Terri Moreau

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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, we
undertook 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 around the east London ‘Olympic’ waterways as we attempted to capture this
transitional moment on video.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2011


  • waterways; waterscape; east London; Olympics; 2012

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