Expert talk on mudlarking by Lara Maiklem
This is the first of a series of hybrid expert talks connected to the temporary exhibition "Throwaway – the history of a modern crisis".
Lara Maiklem will kickstart this series by giving her unique insights about mudlarking: the practice of scouring riverbeds to search for objects from the past.
Lara Maiklem was one of the first persons to share in detail on social media the art of ‘mudlarking’ through her London Mudlark accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mudlarking involves scavenging in river mud to search for valuable objects, a common practice in the 19th century that is still done today. The River Thames in London – as other cities’ rivers – has always been one of the final places where different kinds of rubbish end up.
By looking where others do not normally look, Lara Maiklem finds thrown away objects that tell tales of the past, bring forgotten people to life and uncover hidden stories. In this online and in-person expert talk, she will share with the audience the wonders she has found on the banks of the River Thames. From historical objects, such as disposable clay pipes – the equivalent of modern cigarette butts ! – to modern waste, what does rubbish tell us about societies’ past, present and future?
The talk takes place from 19:00 - 20:00, including a Q&A session and will be livestreamed here. Preceded by a free guided tour in the exhibition “Throwaway – The history of a modern crisis” at 18:15.
Books by the author are available for purchase at the museum shop, which will be open exceptionally until 19:00 on the evening of the event."
This event is free, though onsite places are limited - book your place below.
The talk is co-organised with partner museums who created a pan-European program around waste, this “Throwaway” series of hybrid talks will continue until the end of 2023, with experts on:
- Impact of fast fashion
30 September 2023, at Muséee de la Vie Wallone in Liège
- Digital Waste
October 2023, at Państwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne in Warsaw
- Waste and environment
Autumn/Winter 2023, at Muzej novejše zgodovine in Celje
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