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


5 September

Painting the Pacific

Sophie Richards, Exhibitions Interpretation Curator


12 September

Cobles, Scaffies, Wherries and Drifters: Alan Sorrell and Working Boats from Around the British Coast

Simon Stephens, Curator of Ship Model and Boats Collection


19 September

Pictorial Puzzles in Dutch and Flemish Seascapes

Dr Pieter van der Merwe, Greenwich Curator Emeritus


Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year Exhibition

To mark the tenth year of the world's greatest space photography competition, a new photography gallery launches at the National Maritime Museum. The exhibition will showcase the best entries from the last 10 years of the competition, alongside the spectacular winners from 2018. 

The 2018 winners will be announced on 23 October. Follow all of the announcments live as they happen on the night on our Twitter feed.


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