Mudlarking in Watermen's Hall - February 2024

24th - 25th February, 10am - 4pm. FREE entry to the exhibition.

Our first exhibition of 2024 will take place at Watermen’s Hall, the historic home of the Thames Watermen & Lightermen. You will find the Hall at 16-18 St Mary at Hill, a stone’s throw from the Tower of London. See thousands of mudlarking artefacts in this beautiful building in Central London. Each day 15 different mudlarks will be displaying their personal collections. It’s a rare opportunity to see their finds and hear firsthand the backstories from the mudlarks who found them. 

On Sunday 25th February at 4pm, Nathalie Cohen from the National Trust will be presenting her lecture “The Fishful Thames”: Fish and Fishing on the River’. Decades of investigation along the banks of the Thames have revealed evidence of various forms of fishing over hundreds of years. Nathalie’s talk will focus on the archaeological evidence of this activity and examine the iconography and presentation of fish and fishing, especially during the medieval period.

Purchase tickets for Nathalie's talk here.


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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