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Curated by Florence Evans, Foragers of the Foreshore is the most expansive exhibition on Mudlarking that has ever taken place; it unearths the history of London through items recovered from the Thames. Discover the weird and wonderful world of mudlarking, from its origins in the Victorian era, to its popularity today. Meet the mudlarkers who have dedicated themselves to finding London’s lost treasures, and marvel at the fascinating collections that have shaped their lives.

The exhibition will feature photographic portraits of mudlarkers taken by Hannah Smiles, and a chance to meet Mudlarker in Residence Nicola White. Plus see spectacular work by artists who use mudlark finds in very unusual ways.

On top of all that, MOLA’s Thames Discovery Programme, Thames21 and Unruly Heritage relate mudlarking to inter-tidal archaeology and the topical issue of objects lost or discarded today becoming tomorrow’s archaeological treasures.

There will also be a programme of walks, talks, and guided mudlarking taking place as part of the project, search 'Foragers of the Foreshore' on our website for more information. Full details of what's on in the Bargehouse exhibition can be found below.

Photo © Hannah Smiles

What's On in the Bargehouse

Plus a host of wrap around talks at the Bargehouse including:

- Mudlarking: Discovering London’s History along the River Thames with Jason Sandy and Nick Stevens

- Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames, with Lara Maiklem and friends.

- Stories of the River Thames with with Nicola White of Tideline Art

- London in Fragments with Ted Sandling

And even the chance to join some Moonlit Mudlarking with Illuminated River.

Plus a series of archaeological walks and talks from Dr. Fiona Haughey, Thames Explorer Trust and MOLA which can be found on our website.

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Event times

  • Foragers of the Foreshore

    Tue 24 Sep
    11am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Foragers of the Foreshore

    Wed 25 Sep
    11am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Foragers of the Foreshore

    Thu 26 Sep
    11am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Foragers of the Foreshore

    Fri 27 Sep
    11am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Foragers of the Foreshore

    Sat 28 Sep
    11am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Foragers of the Foreshore

    Sun 29 Sep
    11am - 6pm

    Accessible event