Clay pipe, image by Nick Stevens

Recent finds by Thames and Field

The wonderful clay pipe shown above was recently found on the foreshore at the Isle of Dogs by Nick Stevens of the Thames and Field Metal Detecting Society, the perfect artefact for all of you cricket lovers out there, especially as it’s World Cup season! You can read all the news, and see photographs of this find and many, many more, on the Society’s website.

Information about Mudlarking

If you are planning to go metal detecting or digging on the Thames foreshore you must have a permit from the Port of London Authority (PLA).


An eyes only search of the Thames foreshore without digging does not require a permit but scraping the Thames foreshore surface with any type of implement is considered digging. You can find out more on the Port of London Authority website and application forms for Standard Permits to Search the Foreshore can be downloaded from the PLA website here.



You must report any objects you find which could be of archaeological interest to the Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer at the Museum of London. This Scheme records all archaeological finds made by the public in England and Wales. If you believe that a find may qualify as treasure then you should contact the coroner for the district in which the object was found, usually within fourteen days of making the find. In practice many finders report treasure via the Finds Liaison Officer, which is also acceptable. The coroner or finds liaison officer will give guidance on what to do. The Treasure Act code of practice contains a directory of coroners in the Thames area.

You can find out more about the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme on their website.