The foreshore of the River Thames is the longest archaeological site in Britain. When the tidal waters of the river recede, the muddy riverbed is revealed and, for a few hours a day, a wealth of the historical treasures hidden beneath the mud are briefly accessible.
These objects, once lost to the river, have the incredible ability to connect us to the people who walked the streets of London in years gone by. From megalodon teeth to Roman coins, Georgian shoe buckles to shrapnel from the Blitz, you never know what you might find in the mysterious mud of the Thames.
Jason Sandy and Nick Stevens are mudlarks. They spend time searching the shore of the Thames at low tide to find these treasures. Join them as they showcase a selection of their finds and discuss the intriguing clues that each artefact provides us with about the history of London and the people who lived there.
About the speakers
Jason Sandy is an American architect and developer who moved to London in 2007. A member of the Society of Thames Mudlarks, he has written many articles about mudlarking, as well as lecturing, appearing on national television and having an active presence on Instagram at @jasonmudlark.
Nick Stevens is a professional photographer, a member of the Society of Thames Mudlarks, and can be found on Instagram at @rockthemudlark. He appeared in all three seasons of the History Channel’s Mud Men and co-founded the Thames Museum, which will tell the story of London through mudlarking finds.