We are excited to announce a series of mudlarking exhibitions in various locations around London throughout 2024. Please see the 'News' page for more information regarding our next exhibition, taking place at Watermen's Hall in the City of London.
Our programme of events for 2023 is now live. Please click 'Find out more' link at the bottom of each image for more information about each event and to book tickets.
Mudlarking Exhibition with a focus on artefacts that speak of weapons and warfare, and knives, in the historic surroundings of Cutlers' Hall, home to the Worshipful Company of Cutlers. With over 20 mudlarks displaying their personal collections of artefacts, you'll have the chance to get your hands on history, meeting the mudlarks as well as their finds. Knife expert and mudlark Simon Moore will be talking knives, and Graham duHeaume will be in conversation with Monika Buttling-Smith, talking about the 'Golden Years of Mudlarking', the 1970s - 1980s.
Free entry to the exhibition. The talks cost from £5 to £10. To buy, click the button, below.
3pm - 5pm: Exhibition of mudlarking finds with the chance to talk with Jason Hicklin and Jason Sandy about their work and their interest in the River Thames. Also showing artefacts are mudlarks Kasia Green, Kristina Kapciukaite and Alessio Checconi.
On Saturday 22nd April Jason Hicklin will be joined at the gallery with author and committed mudlark, Jason Sandy. To celebrate the coinciding of Hicklin’s current gallery exhibition, The River | Part Two, and Sandy’s latest book (Mudlarks: Treasures from the Thames), we will be exhibiting a number of the latter’s most treasured findings alongside Hicklin’s new series of London etchings. So please join us for what promises to be a unique, deep dive into the long, winding history of one of the world’s most famous rivers from two very different viewpoints.
September 1 - 30, Venues:
Watermen's Hall / St. Paul's Cathedral / National Maritime Museum / London's Roman Amphitheatre
Step into the historic Watermen’s Hall and discover the world of the famous Thames Watermen & Lightermen who have worked on the River Thames for centuries. Within this beautiful hall, mudlarks will tell the story of the Watermen & Lightermen through the personal objects recovered by mudlarks from the Thames. These artefacts reveal the ‘working river’ during its heyday as the largest port in the world at the height of the British Empire.
Look out for young singer/songwriter Louis Forward, who will be playing sea shanties in Watermen’s Hall.
St. Paul's Cathedral, 15th - 16th September 2022
(Rescheduled to January 2030 due to national period of mourning)
Travel back in time to the Middle Ages through handling medieval artefacts recovered by mudlarks from the River Thames. See some of the personal belongings which people escaping from the Great Fire of London lost as they crossed the river, fleeing from the all-consuming inferno. During the exhibition, mudlarks will display thousands of historic artefacts from their private collections which reveal fascinating stories about past Londoners and the perils they lived through.
Experience Tudor London by seeing and handling the 16th century artefacts recovered by mudlarks from the River Thames in front of the former Palace of Placentia in Greenwich. Within the National Maritime Museum, mudlarks will display their private collections of artefacts which reveal everyday life in the palace – from the jewellery worn by the royal family to the food and drinks they consumed. The maritime history of Greenwich will also be showcased through mudlarks' discoveries.
Step back in time and walk in the footsteps of the gladiators within the ancient Roman amphitheatre! It was once a venue for wild animal fights and gladiatorial combats. During the mudlarking exhibition in the amphitheatre, you will have the rare opportunity to see and hold personal items lost by Romans who lived in London over 1,600 years ago. Each object tells a unique story about Roman life in Londinium.
September 1 - 30, Venues:
St. Paul's Cathedral / Cutlers' Hall / Chiswick Pier Trust
Join us for a highly interactive mudlarking exhibition in one of the most iconic and historic buildings in London.
In the historic setting of St Paul’s Cathedral, this mudlarking exhibition provides a unique opportunity to meet London’s mudlarks and see their fascinating collections which have been passionately assembled over several decades of searching the exposed riverbed at low tide. You will have the chance to experience tangible ‘Hands on History’ and see large-scale portraits of the mudlarks captured by professional photographer, Hannah Smiles.
As part of Totally Thames, the Worshipful Company of Cutlers will open their doors to the public for a chance to see their extraordinary collection of knives, daggers, swords and many other artefacts in their permanent collection. Over 800 knives recovered from the River Thames by mudlark Graham duHeaume will also be on display. He and other mudlarks will be exhibiting their extensive collections during this exclusive event in the historic Cutler’s Hall.
Situated along the River Thames, this mudlarking exhibition provides a unique opportunity to meet London’s mudlarks and see their fascinating collections which have been passionately assembled over several decades of searching the exposed riverbed at low tide. You will have the chance to experience tangible ‘Hands on History’ and see large-scale portraits of the mudlarks captured by professional photographer, Hannah Smiles.
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