September 21, 2023 - September 21, 2023
Drawing on objects found in the Thames, mudlark and author Tom Chivers will explore the history of the river as a dumping ground for London’s waste.
You will have the chance to hold artefacts from the city’s past, from Roman pottery to medieval jewellery, and hear Tom share early research from his postgraduate project, In the Flow of Things: Encounters with the Mudlarks of the Thames Foreshore (QMUL/MOLA). Tom will share reflections on pollution, sustainability and the Thames, and propose mudlarking as a kind of alchemy which reconceptualises London’s river of rubbish as a source of treasure and delight.
Presented by Team London Bridge as part of its programme for Totally Thames – Thames Festival Trust