The Port of London Authority and Museum of London Docklands are teaming up to celebrate 100 years of London’s Port.
Launching in March, Port of London Authority: A century of service will be a year long exhibition of images, films and archive material from the PLA’s archive and collections. As well as never before seen footage of the Thames, visitors will also be able to enjoy a brand new film about the PLA’s work, commissioned especially for the centenary.
Describing London as “one of Europe’s great cities”, PLA chief executive Richard Everitt, comments: “Since the first Londoners settled on the banks of the Thames thousands of years ago, the river has fed, supplied and transported them. It still fulfils this vital task today under the stewardship of the Port of London Authority. For the last 100 years the PLA has battled through two world wars and a revolution in shipping, to ensure the river remains an economic powerhouse for the people of London and the south east.”
“The tidal Thames is safer and more efficient today than it has ever been, and now the Museum of London Docklands is telling its story. It’s a tale of upheaval, change, sacrifice and, ultimately, success. It’s the story of a port authority, its people, the docks, and a river that has evolved alongside the city it serves.”
Port of London Authority: A Century of Service opens on 30 March 2009 and runs until 19 April 2009 at Museum of London Docklands.
Entry is free to Port of London Authority staff and alumni staff and to Museum annual £5.00 ticket holders, admission for children is free.