Objects are storytellers. They hold precious memories, they are entangled in our everyday lives - but some have uncomfortable stories, and are cast into the river, never to be seen again. That is, until the mudlarks! Lara Maiklem is the author of ‘Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames’. Whether intentionally discarded, or swept up long ago by the waters, Lara pieces together London’s history through the items that uncover themselves at low tide, often decades after they first went missing. In this episode, Lara describes how she has become part of hundreds of strangers’ stories over the years, through the objects that she’s found, she explores how history is told differently by the Thames, and explains why trips to the river can sometimes be unsettling.

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