Photo by Hannah Smiles

Photo by Hannah Smiles

Photo by Nicola Bushnell

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Photo by Jason Sandy

Photo by Jason Sandy

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.  

Photo by Hannah Smiles

Photo by Nicola Bushnell

Photo by Jason Sandy

Photo by Nicola Bushnell

Photo by Tracey Ernst

​​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.  



Donations for Upcoming Exhibitions

We are currently fundraising for two upcoming exhibitions of mudlarking artifacts in 2019 and 2020.  The history of London and story of the River Thames will be told through the extraordinary objects discovered in the river by mudlarks. Your generous donations will facilitate these exhibitions which will be open to the public.  Watch this space for announcements about the exhibitions.  We are also continuing to fundraise for our new Thames Museum facility.  Click on the Donate button to make a donation via PayPal.  Your generous contribution to the Thames Museum is much appreciated!  The Thames Museum is a registered charity: 1163381.