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  • Issue 37

Get Muddy

An interview with a mudlark. Words by Bella Gladman. Photograph by Gustav Almestål. Set Design and Styling by Andreas Frienholt.

Lara Maiklem has spent over 15 years on the banks of the River Thames in London, kneeling in the mud on the foreshore and staring for hours at a time at the same small patch of land. Maiklem is a mudlark: She looks for old objects—pins, buttons, clay pipe stems—that have been discarded in the river by long-forgotten ordinary Londoners. Unlike most rivers that run through cities, the Thames’ tidal rise and fall mean it’s constantly turning up new treasures.

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Seven

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