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.
Dr Sara Perry
Director of Research and Engagement
As Director of Research and Engagement, Dr Sara Perry is responsible for overseeing our award-winning community engagement initiatives, extensive post-excavation research and media production programmes and grant-funded research. The Research and Engagement team includes over 80 specialists from conservators and finds experts to community archaeologists and designers.
Before joining MOLA in 2019, Sara was Senior Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of York. In this role - alongside designing the Department of Archaeology’s Heritage Practice undergraduate fieldschool and supervising many MA, MSc and PhD students - she held multiple directorial roles, including Director of Studies of Digital Heritage and Archaeological Information Systems, and Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies.
Sara’s specialism focuses on the development, circulation and evaluation of media and interpretative resources for archaeology and heritage sites and audiences. She has directed interpretation and training programmes around the world, including at Çatalhöyük in Turkey, Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt, and Kilwa and Pangani in Tanzania. Most recently she led the user-centred design and development team on the EU-funded EMOTIVE Project, which crafts emotional experiences for visitors to cultural sites. Currently she is part of the AHRC-funded Making it FAIR project, working with a range of local museums and cultural stakeholders in the UK to understand the digital divide during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sara studied a BA and MA in Anthropology at the University of Victoria (Canada), specialising in prehistoric archaeology and visual anthropology. Following this, she moved to the UK to pursue a PhD in Archaeology, graduating from the University of Southampton in 2011. As an educator, Sara has been awarded a range of significant teaching honours including runner up for the Times Higher Education Award for Most Innovative Teacher of the Year, recipient of the University of York’s Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award, and first place for the YUSU (University of York Student Union) Excellence in Teaching and Supervision Award for Innovative Use of Technology. She has also been named one of JISC’s 50 Most Influential Higher Education Professionals Using Social Media.
Sara speaks regularly at archaeological conferences and events and has contributed to dozens of archaeological publications.