Mudlarking on the Thames

When the tide is out, you can walk along the city’s beaches and pick up precious objects that no-one else has touched for hundreds of years. The Thames foreshore, all the way from Greenwich to Putney and beyond, is littered with treasures: pottery, old clay tobacco pipes, brass buttons and glass bottles. Picking these up is an incredible sensation, and makes one feel deeply part of London’s ever-continuing history; finding them is called mudlarking.

Meet the Experts

Discover some of the fascinating work done by our teams of curators and conservators in these short weekly talks.


4 October: ‘The Parting Cheer’: Saying Goodbye to Victorian Britain

Dr Robert Blyth, Senior Curator of World History

11 October: ‘Davy Jones’s Locker’: An Underwater World by W L Wyllie

Dr Pieter van de Merwe, Greenwich Curator

18 October: Conserving the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 exhibition

Every year we invite astrophotographers from around the world to send us their best images as part of the Royal Observatory’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. These pictures capture all manner of celestial spectacles: moons, stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and some of the great astronomical events of the last year. 

Cutty Sark Theatre

Cutty Sark Theatre

The Michael Edwards Studio Theatre is Cutty Sark's unique performing arts space, located in the ship's lower hold where precious tea and wool cargoes were stacked over a century ago. In the evening, the central section can be converted into a remarkable theatre, the only one of its kind in the world. Our changing programme of events includes cabaret, comedy, one-man shows, lectures, musical performances and small-scale drama.


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