I have been a keen hunter of all things old for as long as I can remember.
My earliest memory is of finding a small fossilised shell near my childhood home. I was 6 years old when that spark was created and in the years that followed I enjoyed many hours fossil hunting in my local area as well as on family holidays to the Jurassic coast in Dorset.
Growing up in a small village in Buckinghamshire I was lucky that my best mate was also a fellow enthusiast and we soon advanced to bottle digging and then eventually to metal detecting. Between us we amassed quite a collection of fossils, bottles and metallic finds from the local fields and woods and in researching these finds we were able to build a fascinating picture of our village from pre-history all the way up to the modern day.
Fast forward almost 20 years to 2006, I had moved to Central London & was working hard as a photographer however I couldn’t shake the desire to swing the detector once again. One night I stumbled across an article on-line about something called Mudlarking. It mentioned finding old things on the banks of the River Thames but that was it. About a year later I stumbled upon a newly formed club called Thames+Field and the rest is quite literally history.
In 2011 I joined The Society Of Thames Mudlarks and the same year I was involved in the TV series Mud Men. Subsequently I have been involved in The Thames Museum project where we hope to one day display finds made by Mudlarks all under one roof and tell the story of London through these artefacts.
I love Mudlarking as you never know what you might find and I never leave the foreshore empty handed. I also really enjoy the community aspect of the hobby and have made many good friends over the years.