By Nicola White at
I’ve been mudlarking now for about 15 years. Unlike the poor mudlarks of Victorian times, modern day mudlarks are searching the Thames at low tide for fragments of London’s past. These lost and discarded objects can tell us so much about Londoners from times gone by. I’ve been fortunate enough to find artefacts belonging to a wide range of eras; Iron age and Tudor coins, Roman and Medieval pottery, Georgian clay pipes and Victorian jewellery to name but a few. My favourite finds are those I can link to a person or a place from the past.
For me, these are the real treasures worth more than gold or silver.
The peaceful morning of searching and being in the moment flies by. The tide comes back in all too quickly. I change out of my muddy boots. With my finds safely in the pouch around my waist I go home to research them. The 19th century MP John Burns described the River Thames as Liquid History. I love to think of the Thames as a giant liquid history book. Mudlarking inspires so many people and I feel very fortunate to have a YouTube channel where I can share my passion for it and my mudlarking outings with thousands of people.
I should add that my boots are easily the most important part of my equipment. They are literally with me through thick and thin (mud that is). I spend hours wearing them and Muck Boots are by far the most comfortable, cosy, and practical that I have worn. I have the Arctic Sport II Tall in Hot Pink
which is very handy as people can spot me from the other side of the river!
NB you need a permit to mudlark on the River Thames. Details can be found here
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