Mudlarking talk at Lutyens & Rubinstein

Mudlarking, scouting and prodding the banks of the Thames for flotsam and jetsam, has a long tradition on the banks of the Thames. Now, mudlark Ted Sandling has written a book all about it and will share his passion at a talk at Lutyens & Rubinstein this month. In Victorian times, mudlarks were small boys grubbing a living from scrap finds. Today’s mudlarks unearth relics of the past, from Roman tiles to clay tobacco pipes, visualising the story of London.

9780711237872Sandling’s book, (right) London in Fragments charts more than 100 evocative finds, with his beautiful images throughout. They create a mosaic of everyday city life through the centuries. These finds led to discoveries and stories that reveal London’s wide history – from wig curlers and oyster shells to elegant Georgian pottery. A shard of porcelain may take us to the Far East trade routes; a fragment of an 18th century glass bottle to Hogarth’s Gin Lane.

Ted Sandling studied History of Art at the University of Bristol. He moved to London and became a garden designer and landscape historian. He now works at Christie’s Education. He first went mudlarking in 2004 and was instantly hooked. At Lutyens & Rubinstein, Tuesday, 20th September, 7pm
(£25 including book / £10 ticket only / £5 concessions). You can book tickets here … lutyensrubinstein

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