The Community Archaeologists at MOLA lead community engagement projects and support our clients’ community engagement initiatives. The award-winning team manages the long-running Thames Discovery Programme and CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network), facilitate community digs and host events, including walks, talks, hands-on workshop and conferences.
CITiZAN Discovery Programme Officer, East Kent Coast
As CITiZAN Discovery Programme Officer for East Kent Coast, Lara is the Lead Archaeologist for the East Kent Coast discovery programme and is responsible for its day to day management.
Lara joined the CITiZAN team in 2015; prior to this she was a Senior Archaeologist in our Built Heritage and Planning teams. She was also acting Head of Built Heritage from October 2018 to December 2019. As a field archaeologist she led on coastal surveys and excavations for the Åland Islands Board of Art and Antiquities and excavated rural, urban and coastal sites across the UK. As a curator at Åland Maritime Museum, she researched and designed museum content.
She spent two years creating immersive experiences for a cultural association in France; led volunteer projects and learning sessions at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum and has taught English to all ages in the UK and abroad.
She is the newsletter editor and a Council member for the Society for Post Medieval Archaeology and has presented CITiZAN’s work, and her own, at many national and international conferences including the European Association of Archaeologists 2018 in Barcelona. Lara has an MA in Historical Archaeology from the University of Leicester.