Mudlarking: Discovering Metal and other Finds along the River Thames

What is this talk about?

For over 2,000 years, the River Thames has been a repository of lost objects which have been accidentally dropped or purposely discarded in its waters.

In this talk, part of the Goldsmiths' Centre's Creative Links talks series, mudlarks Nick Stevens and Jason Sandy share some of the fascinating backstories behind the incredible artefacts that they have recovered from the River Thames.

Nick and Jason have discovered and recovered many historically significant artefacts – including gold and other metal items. Their finds have featured in books, magazines, newspapers and on television. Some are on permanent display in museums; each object reveals a unique and different story about London’s illustrious, rich history.

This talk, organised by the Goldsmiths' Centre, was held online in July 2020.

Who are the speakers?

Nick Stevens and Jason Sandy are members of exclusive Society of Thames Mudlarks and are Trustees of the Thames Museum Trust. Over the past few years, Nick and Jason have published monthly feature articles for various magazines in the UK and USA, documenting the extraordinary artefacts discovered by mudlarks in the River Thames.