Mudlarking and Heritage Craft Day

Heritage Special Event
  • Venue

    Cathedral and Churchyard

  • Time

    10:00 AM

  • Price

    FREE - £8.00

  • Book Tickets

Join us at Southwark Cathedral for this day celebrating the River Thames and some of the crafts that helped build London


This year we are filling the Cathedral and the churchyard with history and tying together the crafts that were used to build London and make the objects that are found by mudlarks on the Thames foreshore.

Meet mudlarks and the craftspeople, watch demonstrations, handle ancient artefacts, talk to archaeologists, antiquarians and conservationists, listen to authors, get messy with clay and hands on with history!

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about traditional crafts and ask the demonstrators questions.

Craft demonstrations include:

  • Bee Skep making with Nick Dinsmore
  • Illuminated Manuscripts with iconographer Hanna Ward



  • Chat to foreshore archaeologists Fiona Haughey and Mike Webber.
  • Discover the colourful history of Southwark Cathedral by chatting to one of our knowledgeable guides.
  • Meet conservation students from the City and Guilds of London Art School who have been looking at the deterioration of the stone arcading and capitals, the presentation of the Medieval timber roof bosses and the conservation of the Sculpture of Shakespeare.


And for Families:

  • Make a decorated clay tile or a medieval figure with ceramic artist Raewyn Harrison
  • Face painting
  • Join children's author and Carnegie Medal-winner Katya Balen for a storytelling session based on her book The Thames and Tide Club: The Secret City. Taking place at 11.30am and 2.00pm in the Cathedral retrochoir.

Join us in the Cathedral nave and churchyard 10am - 4pm, tickets also available on the door on the day.

Entrance will be via the SW Churchyard adjacent to Borough Market and exit for this event will bon the north side of the Cathedral opposite the River Thames.

We are delighted to be part of the Festival of Archaeology 2023