Volunteers wanted to dig deep into the living history of Mudlarking on the Thames...

Photo: Gabor Gergley

Intrigued by the rich history that mudlarkers have unearthed from the Thames? Want to contribute to the development of the most significant exhibition on mudlarking that there has ever been? We are looking for volunteers to interview Thames mudlarkers for an exciting new heritage project.

Foragers on the Foreshore is a history of London through items recovered from the Thames, focusing on the practice of mudlarking since it began in the Victorian era, as well as the mudlarkers themselves and the collections that have shaped their lives.

Our project will culminate in an online gallery of 3D scanned objects accompanied by the oral history testimonies of mudlarkers, and two public exhibitions featuring mudlark finds, photographic portraits of mudlarkers, and work by artists who use these finds in unusual ways, alongside a programme of walks, talks, guided mudlarking and an engagement programme for young people. This will take place during Totally Thames 2019.


This is the first large-scale project to document the tradition of mudlarking on the Thames. Your role will help to capture this unique heritage, and contribute to a dynamic new project. You will be a key part of Foragers on the Foreshore and your recorded oral histories will feed into the creation of the project webpage, exhibitions, schools resources and talks.

Working with the Thames Festival Trust team, volunteers will be given extensive training in conducting oral history interviews.

We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can give around three days of their time between June – September, including a full day introduction and training on session on Friday 14 June.

If you’re interested in gaining new skills and learning about the history of mudlarking on the Thames - we want to hear from you!


Carefully read the Role Description below, and fill in the Volunteer Application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Forms by Friday 5 June.

If you have any questions please contact Eva on e.tausig@thamesfestival.org