Richmond Literature Festival Presents
Lara Maiklem: Mudlarking
10 November 2019
Orleans House Gallery
Mudlark (/’mAdla;k/) noun A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbour.
Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for over fifteen years, in pursuit of the objects that the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hair pins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys. These objects tell her about London and its lost ways of life.
Moving from the river’s tidal origins in the west of the city to the point where it meets the sea in the east, Mudlarking is a search for urban solitude and history on the River Thames.
Lara has been featured in the Guardian on BBC News, BBC World Service and BBC Radio 3 and now lives on the Kent coast within easy reach of the river, which she visits as regularly as the tides permit.