Mudlarks and the Thames Weekend

Tours, seminar and exhibition hosted by Chiswick Pier Trust

Two day exhibition taking place at Chiswick Pier House. Picture: Hannah Smiles

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This September, Chiswick Pier Trust is hosting Mudlarks and the Thames, an interactive two-day exhibition featuring the collections of 20 mudlarks.   

The weekend event on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September is an opportunity for all the family to find out more about the history of London, from the ground up.

The collections of 20 mudlarks (10 on the 25 September and 10 on the 26 September) will be on display, along with photographer Hannah Smiles large scale portraits of the mudlarks.  This is an opportunity to meet London’s mudlarks and see their collections that have been assembled over decades – the result of a passion that combines the meticulous approach of the archaeologist with love of stories of the historian.   

As well as the exhibition, Chiswick Pier Trust is hosting a fre webinar with Hammersmith mudlark and author Jason Sandy on Tuesday 21 September at 7.30 pm, where he will discuss some of the extraordinary finds from west London riverbanks.    These range from Iron Age weapons to the Thames Victoria Cross and the Doves Press typeface created with Emery Walker and hurled into the Thames from Hammersmith Bridge by disgruntled partner T.J. Cobden-Sanderson.   Tickets are free – donations are very welcome -and available from

Jason’s talk is a window onto west London’s history from the ground up and a useful introduction to the Mudlarks and the Thames exhibition

Mudlarks and the Thames - Hands on History

Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 September at Chiswick Pier Trust

10 am – 5 pm, Entry free, Chiswick Pier Trust, The Pier House, Corney Way, W4 2UG.  

Other Totally Thames Events leaving from Chiswick Pier Trust 25 – 26 September

Saturday 25 September, 12-2pm  Mudlarking with Thames Explorer Trust

A chance to get onto the foreshore in Chiswick and find archaeological artefacts revealed by the River Thames. Who knows what will be discovered - smoking pipes, colourful pottery sherds, bones…? Thames Explorer Trust will be your foreshore guide.

Meet outside the 'Mudlarking Exhibition' at Chiswick Pier Trust, on the North Bank of the Thames then walk along Chiswick Mall and explore the foreshore beside Chiswick Eyot

Saturday 25 September, 2-4 pm  Doves Press and Emery Walker House walking tour

Join Emery Walker House curator Mallory Horrill and mudlark Jason Sandy on a walking tour and hear the fascinating story of the Doves Press and lost type.   Leaves from Chiswick Pier Trust at 2pm

Jason Sandy
Jason Sandy

Sunday 26 September,  2-4pm    William Morris House Tour

Join William Morris Society Curator Mallory Horrill and local Hammersmith mudlark Jason Sandy on a walking tour where they will explore William Morris’s love of the River Thames and his time spent in Hammersmith (1878-1896).  The walking tour begins at Chiswick Pier Trust.

The Chiswick Pier Trust runs the Chiswick Pier and Pier House. In this role it manages the commercial and residential moorings at the Pier, as well as venue and conference hire at Pier House.

The trust works to engage people with the River Thames. It provides access to the Thames and support major river events, as well as organising events of its own. It also hosts an annual season of 'Talks by the Thames' which highlight the history, wildlife and ecology of the Thames.

For further information on the Pier check the Chiswick Pier Trust's web site.

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September 11, 2021

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