Karen Thomas

Head of Archive

020 7410 2228 kthomas@mola.org.uk

Karen Thomas is Head of Archive at MOLA, managing a team of full-time and part-time staff, and responsible for the successful completion of up to a hundred archives a year.

After working in the insurance industry for many years, Karen moved to the heritage sector, joining the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre (LAARC) team in 2000, where she was responsible for the day-to-day running of the office and production of documentation. In 2001, she was a member of the ‘Minimum Standards’ project team. This project was set up to ensure that archaeological finds were stored and conserved in appropriate conditions for long-term preservation, and were accurately referenced to enable access by researchers. The project also involved managing volunteers and organising themed open days for the general public. In November 2005, the Minimum Standards Project won the UK Conservation Award for Collections Care. While working at the LAARC, Karen also helped to set up the Central London branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club.

In 2005, Karen transferred to our archive team on a temporary basis. In April 2006, her post was made permanent and since September 2007, she has headed up other archive team. She also manages a varying numbers of volunteers and interns.

Karen Thomas MOLA

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Our Directors and Team Heads are some of the most experienced heritage and archaeology professionals in the sector. Collectively they lead on overall direction for the organisation, ensuring that MOLA remain competitive and efficient and that we stay at the forefront of new advances in the heritage industry.

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