Mudlarking at Henfield Hall

Saturday 11th May, 11am - 4:30pm

For one day only London's top mudlarks display their collections of amazing treasures reflecting the history of the River Thames. 

Meet the mudlarks and view their incredible river-found artefacts that tell the story of London. 

Mudlarking Exhibition in Emery Walker's House

March 2 - May 30 

Mudlarking: Unearthing London's Past.

The highlight of the exhibit is a complete alphabet of Doves Type from The Doves Press, a private printing press joint-founded by Emery Walker and T.J. Cobden-Sanderson in the first decade of the 20th century.

This marks the first time a full set of Doves Type has ever been exhibited, as until recently, the pieces lay at the bottom of the River Thames, following a spectacular falling out between the Press’s founders. The loss and recovery of the Doves Type will not be the only star of the exhibition, as a tremendous range of mudlarked finds spanning London's history will also be on display. Highlights to include fossils, prehistoric flint tools, Roman coins and pottery, Medieval pilgrim badges, Tudor fashion accessories, 17th century children's toys, Georgian personal adornments and Victorian curiosities.

An exciting programme of events will accompany this exhibition, including talks, walking tours, guided mudlarking experiences, scavenger hunt and additional House open days.


What we do...

Hands on History tells stories of the past, present and future through found artefacts from the River Thames. 

The project is co-curated and organised by mudlarks Jason Sandy, Monika Buttling-Smith and Marie-Louise Plum.

As well as an annual programme of events for Totally Thames, Hands on History facilitates one-off talks, exhibitions and interactive events. 

We partner frequently with like-minded organisations, such as London's historic livery companies and national museums to deliver exciting, engaging and inclusive programmes to people from all walks of life.

Please see the link below to see the kind of thing we like to get up to!

Hands on History - videos, pics and more in our multimedia gallery.


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