Lara Maiklem is a mudlark. She wanders the shores of the River Thames at low tide searching for lost and forgotten objects that tell tales of the past and bring forgotten Londoners to life. She can travel 2,000 years back in time through objects revealed by the tide. Prehistoric flint tools, medieval pilgrim badges, Tudor shoes, Georgian wig curlers, Victorian pottery...ordinary objects left behind by the ordinary people who made London what it is today.
In 2012, Lara became the first person to share mudlarking with the world on social media as ‘The London Mudlark’. She has now written two bestselling books, appeared on radio and TV and achieved an international following.