Photo © Leanne Bracey

Lara is a rare find herself; someone who can compel people to look deeply at a scrap (quite literally) of material culture washed up on the shores of the River Thames, and through so doing expose them to the rich histories of those who have gone before us. Lara’s eye is acute, her analysis forensic and her story-telling epic. I was so grateful that she took the time to share all of this with us at the Museum of London.

Sharon Ament, Director, Museum of London


  • Chalke Valley History Show
  • Chelsea History Festival
  • Derby Book Festival
  • Faversham Lit Fest
  • Greenwich Book Festival 
  • Hartlepool Folk Festival
  • Ilkley Literature Festival
  • London Rivers Week
  • Off the Shelf, Sheffield University
  • Richmond Literature Festival
  • Riverside Community Big Local, Kent
  • St Albans Festival of Culture
  • Thames Festival, London
  • Tidefest, London
  • Tring Book Festival
  • Wealden Literary Festival
© Zoe Savitz for The Telegraph Magazine

Speaking Events:

  • 5×15
  • American Women of Surrey
  • Artworker’s Guild, London
  • Arvon
  • Bishopsgate Ward Club, London
  • Bloomsbury Publishing, London
  • Broad Lit, Kent
  • Conway Hall, London
  • Deaf Awareness Week (signed talk), London
  • Emma Bridgewater’s Factory, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Google Talk – Google HQ, London
  • Jersey Ladies Literary Luncheon, Jersey
  • Museum of London
  • National Maritime Museum, London
  • Nerd Nite, London
  • Reweirding London
  • Salon for the City, London
  • TED Talk – TEDx Newcastle 
  • Rose Playhouse, London
  • Southbank Centre, London – The Making of a National Park City
  • Southwark Cathedral, London
  • Trouble Club, London
  • Ruth Tomlinson Jewellery

© Tori Frenc for The Washington Post


  • Throwaway, the House of European History, European Parliament, Brussels (2023)
  • Cecilia Vicuña, the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London (2022-23)
  • Mudlarking Day, Southwark Cathedral, London (2021 and 2022)
Mudlarking Day, a film by Francesca Long (2021)