Julia Fullerton-Batten’s series ‘Old Father Thames’ – a visual tale about the real events with the river Thames as central character in stories of hope, loss, history, progress, life, and death on its banks.
“The River Thames is not even the longest river in the British Isles and a mere pygmy in comparison with other rivers in the world, but it’s significance to British and world history is immense. London is one of the major cities of the world today, but it would not have existed without the River Thames. The river has acted as a source of fresh water and food, an artery of communication and transportation, and a physical and psychological boundary. The River Thames has truly defined the character and prosperity of London for over well over 2,000 years… The stories encompass birth, baptism, death, suicide, messages in a bottle, riverside scavenging youngsters, quaint ancient boats, prison ships (‘hulks’), and include other melodramatic episodes of life and death in and along the Thames.”