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Emery Walker's House Exhibition Programme

Guided tours at Emery Walker's House conclude in our small exhibition space. Between March 2 and May 30, 2024 the exhibition on display will be Mudlarking: Unearthing London's Past. 

The highlight of the exhibit is a complete alphabet of Doves Type from The Doves Press, a private printing press joint-founded by Emery Walker and T.J. Cobden-Sanderson in the first decade of the 20th century.


This marks the first time a full set of Doves Type has ever been exhibited, as until recently, the pieces lay at the bottom of the River Thames, following a spectacular falling out between the Press’s founders. The loss and recovery of the Doves Type will not be the only star of the exhibition, as a tremendous range of mudlarked finds spanning London's history will also be on display. Highlights to include fossils, prehistoric flint tools, Roman coins and pottery, Medieval pilgrim badges, Tudor fashion accessories, 17th century children's toys, Georgian personal adornments and Victorian curiosities.


Image Credit: Jason Sandy

An exciting programme of events will accompany this exhibition, including talks, walking tours, guided mudlarking experiences, scavenger hunt and additional House open days. Click here for further information. 

This exhibition and events programme were guest curated by Jason Sandy, a local mudlark. In 2020, Sandy discovered and kindly donated twelve pieces of Doves Type to Emery Walker’s House. Jason Sandy is the author of Mudlarks: Treasures from the Thames and co-author of Thames Mudlarking: Searching for London’s Lost Treasures.


The Emery Walker Trust thanks its many financial supporters and donors, who have given generously to support the creation of this exhibition space 

Aldama Foundation

Henry Oldfield Trust

John S. Cohen Foundation

Jones Trust

Sackler Trust

Mary Wells

Garfield Weston Foundation

And others who wished to remain anonymous 

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