Hands On History – Exhibitions 2022

Hello Everyone! Are you ready for Totally Thames 2022? >>>

Join us this year for our biggest mudlarking festival to date! As part of the Totally Thames 2022 festival this September, there is a month-long series of mudlarking events including exhibitions, talks and walks. Over 70 mudlarks will be displaying their personal collections in Watermen’s Hall, National Maritime Museum, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Roman Amphitheatre in Guildhall Art Gallery.

Featuring professional photography from Tom Harrison, Antoine Buchet and Hannah Smiles, the exhibitions will be complemented by a series of guided foreshore walks and talks by mudlarks, authors, archaeologists and historians. Listen out for some poignant sea shanties by talented young singer Louis Forward. You won’t want to miss this unique chance to time travel through London and see history through the lost objects recovered from the Thames.

No tickets are required to attend the free exhibitions, but you need to hurry and book a ticket for the talks (mostly free) and walks (small cost). If you want to find out more about the exciting river-related events in September, go to www.thamesfestivaltrust.org.

Here is the full list of the mudlarking events throughout the month of September:


3rd & 4th September: Watermen’s Hall

10th & 11th September: National Maritime Museum in Greenwich

17th & 18th September: St Paul’s Cathedral

24th & 25th September: Roman Amphitheatre at Guildhall Art Gallery


2nd September: “In the Footsteps of Mudlarks” guided foreshore with Thames Explorer Trust

3rd September: “In the Footsteps of Watermen Walk” guided foreshore tour with Thames Discovery Programme

3rd September: “In the Footsteps of Mudlarks” guided foreshore with Thames Explorer Trust

11th September: “Exploring the Royal River Walk” guided foreshore tour with Thames Discovery Programme

11th September: “StoryWalk” through historic Greenwich with Rich Sylvester

17th September: “Mudlarking Masterclass with Steve Brooker” guided mudlarking tour with Steve Brooker


3rd September: “Mudlarking – Vice City” talk by Malcolm Russell in Watermen’s Hall

7th September: River-themed cocktail evening with mixologist Tasha Marks and mudlarking talk by Jason Sandy with Monika Buttling-Smith in Two Temple Place

10th September: “Greenwich Uncovered through Mudlarking Finds” talk by Nicola White in National Maritime Museum

17th September: World premiere of a new mudlarking short film by acclaimed director Jakob Lancaster in St Paul’s Cathedral

18th September (TBC): “Importance of Mudlarking Finds” panel discussion with Museum of London, Port of London Authority, Society of Thames Mudlarks, and Marie-Louise Plum (host)

24th September: “Discovery of London’s Roman Amphitheatre” talk by Andrew Lane Guildhall Art Gallery

25th September: “Mudlarking Talk in Roman Amphitheatre” by Monika Buttling-Smith at Guildhall Art Gallery


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