Mudlarking Day

  • Venue

    Cathedral Courtyard and Queen Elizabeth Room

  • Time

    10:30 AM

  • Price

    FREE (No need to book in advance)

Come along to the Cathedral for this free event on Saturday 16 July from 10.30am - 5.00pm

Join us at Southwark Cathedral, part of the national Festival of Archaeology 2022, for some muddy foreshore fun and celebrate the opening of London’s first permanent Mudlarking display: Treasures from the Thames.

MEET THE MUDLARKS: See their fascinating foreshore finds

GET YOUR FINDS IDENTIFIED: Speak to an expert from the Portable Antiquities Scheme

FINDS HANDLING: Get hands on with foreshore archaeologist Mike Webber

MAKE A MEDIEVAL CLAY TILE: Get muddy with ceramic artist Raewyn Harrison 

MEDIEVAL PILGRIM BADGES: See how they were made with an authentic demonstration by pewter expert Colin Torode from Lionheart Replicas

MUDLARKING PERMITS: Speak to the Port of London Authority about their future vision for the Thames and getting a permit to start mudlarking yourself

MEET THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS: Find out about the archaeology and history of the river from the Thames Discovery Programme 

RIVER THAMES PATH PASSPORT: Find out about the new Thames Path passport which can be stamped at a number of 'stamping stations' from Cirencester to Rotherhithe!

BOOK SIGNING: Bestselling author and mudlark Lara Maiklem will be signing copies of her books Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames and A Field Guide to Larking: Beachcombing, Mudlarking, Fieldwalking and More

FORESHORE WALK: Thames Discovery Programme will be running a Bankside foreshore walk on the day, details can be found here

EVENING TALK: Join Tom Chivers, poet, mudlark and author of London Clay: Journeys in the Deep City from 6pm - 7pm. Tickets can be purchased here