‘Known unto God’: Deptford Royal Dockyard (Convoys Wharf)

Written by Ian Blair

Huddled together like a colony of emperor penguins wearing PPE to help weather the Antarctic winter, a group of archaeologists stand beneath a Turneresque sky on No 1 slipway, at Deptford Royal Dockyard site (known as Convoys Wharf) in January 2012.

‘Known unto God’, it is nigh impossible to identify the individuals, unless of course you happen to be one of them, have a good memory, and of course a magnifying glass to hand.

Convoys Wharf photo

 

There is no such problem with an earlier group photograph of the archaeological team on Convoys taken in September 2011 (admittedly from a somewhat lower elevation), whose names are duly recorded in dispatches on the photo.

Convoys Wharf staff September 2011 web 700

Front row (L–R): Kasia Olchowska, Phil Jeffries, Yo Charoenphan, Nina Olofsson, Roberta Marziam, Jess Bryan, Sam Hogsden, Coralie Acheson, Toria Standfield, Adela Murray-Brown, Antony Francis

Middle row (L–R): Danny Harrison, Bruce Ferguson, Phredd Groves, James Best, Mike Cernow, Gemma Jones, Stacey Harris, Ian Betts, James Alexander, Karl Macrow

Back row (L–R): Guy Cockin, Tom Ely, Chris O’Brian, Roddy Mattinson, Richard Krason, Howard Burkhill, Jason Stewart, Sam Riley, Will Clarke, Nigel Ward, Sam Oates, Val Griggs, Simon Stevens