Photo by Nick Stevens

Photo by Hannah Smiles

Photo by Jason Sandy

Photo by Tracey Ernst

Photo by Hannah Smiles

Photo by Nick Stevens

Photo by Nicola Bushnell

Photo by Nicola Bushnell

NEWS & UPDATES

Photo by Nick Stevens

​Foragers of the Foreshore Exhibition​

In September 2019, the Thames Museum participated in the most expansive exhibition about mudlarking which has ever taken place.  As part of the exhibition organised by the Thames Festival Trust and curated by Florence Evans in the Bargehouse gallery at the OXO Tower, the Thames Museum had a special display in Room 5 of the exhibition.  We showcased 25 extraordinary artifacts from the River Thames.  Along with explanatory boards, the walls were covered in colourful images of mudlarking finds and scenic photos of the Thames.  In the centre of the room, four large display cases housed the incredible artifacts from prehistoric to modern times found by mudlarks.  Information about the future Thames Museum was also presented on the gallery walls.  The extraordinary exhibition revealed the history of London through items recovered from the Thames. 

 

Photo by Hannah Smiles

Photo by Jason Sandy

Photo by Nick Stevens

The Thames Museum is proud to announce the new book:

THAMES MUDLARKING: Searching for London’s Lost Treasures 

written by museum trustees Nick Stevens and Jason Sandy.  For decades, mudlarks have been searching the exposed riverbed at low tide in London, hunting for historical treasure.  The THAMES MUDLARKING book beautifully illustrates and describes the fascinating objects found in the River Thames. Over 160 colour photographs of the historical artefacts found by more than 50 mudlarks appear throughout the book. These extraordinary objects recovered from the river tell the story of London and its inhabitants over the past 2,000 years.  You can pre-order a copy of the book on Amazon, Kobo and all good online bookstores. Click here to order your copy today:

​​MUDLARK Exhibition at Art Hub Studios

As part of the annual Totally Thames Festival in London in September 2018, an exhibition of mudlarking finds was organised by Hannah Smiles and Florence Evans in partnership with the Thames Museum.   Displayed at the Art Hub Studios in London, the exhibition included mudlarking finds in glass display cases beautifully curated by Florence Evans.  Large photographs of mudlarking artifacts taken by professional photographer, Hannah Smiles, were hung on the gallery walls.  The week-long event included a series of talks by mudlarks including Nicola White, Nick Stevens, Jason Sandy and Ted Sandling (author of London in Fragments).  Live music was provided by students from the nearby Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.  

Tate Modern Exhibition

In March 2019, the Thames Museum collaborated with the Plymouth College of Art and organised an exhibition of mudlarking finds at the Tate Modern art museum in London.  Professional photographer, Hannah Smiles, exhibited her dramatic and detailed photographs of artifacts discovered by mudlarks in the River Thames.  Mudlarks Monika Buttling-Smith, Nick Stevens and Jason Sandy curated a display of their best mudlarking finds, ranging from the Mesolithic period to the Victorian era.  During the exhibition at the Tate, the mudlarks gave lectures about London’s history and the significance of the archaeology of the River Thames.  Visitors were encouraged to handle some of the artifacts to experience a tangible connection with London’s illustrious history.  We are grateful to the Plymouth College of Art for this fruitful collaboration.