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Our Culture

Our mission at MOLA is to benefit society through archaeology – it’s at the centre of what we do and the services we provide for clients. We help the development, infrastructure and construction sectors to demonstrate the societal value and relevance of their work through development-led archaeology. This is why we place such emphasis on our research and engagement programmes, which aim to ensure that archaeology leads to meaningful research which we can then translate into the delivery of genuine community participation.

We believe that:

  • archaeology should be a force for good and we must always ask challenging questions of ourselves and the world around us
  • better archaeology is created when it is produced by a diverse range of people, which is why we will actively focus on recruiting more people from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds
  • actions speak louder than words and we will ensure that we keep matters of social justice central to the focus of all our work – excavation, research and engagement

Employee welfare

We are committed to creating an environment where conversations about mental health and wellbeing are commonplace and where you feel supported both by MOLA and your colleagues. We incorporate mental health fully into our health and safety practices and policies, and have a team of trained Mental Health First Aiders across our offices and sites. Our people also have unlimited access to our Employee Assistance Programme, which offers emotional support and advice on a wide range of matters.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to broadening the diversity of our team so that it is more representative of all sections of society. We are striving to create an inclusive culture that ensures equality of opportunity for all.

In order for us to further our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity at MOLA, we want to understand the demographics of all job applicants and invite you to complete our Equality and Diversity monitoring form when submitting your application. Your participation in this survey will be kept entirely confidential and will also help to inform and enable the development of the work of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group.

“I've worked for MOLA in Northampton for nearly 3 years and my experience has been overwhelmingly positive. I came fresh out of university and have since developed in all areas of my career. The team has been welcoming in all aspects, whether that be socially or helping with my development. There is always someone around to talk to or discuss options with. MOLA has provided me with the tools to become a better archaeologist and continues to support me with my career development in whichever direction it should take me.”

Paige Savage, Archaeologist