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.
Head of Audience Engagement
Magnus is MOLA’s Head of Audience Engagement, leading on MOLA’s public facing programme of events and participation, including community projects such as the Thames Discovery Programme, CITiZAN, Time Truck, and Built Heritage Youth Engagement Programme as well as devising programmes of community engagement and locally focussed volunteering around MOLA commercial projects. Magnus passionately believes that understanding the history of the places we live in plays a key role in how we behave and interact in the present.
In his work for MOLA and its clients, Magnus builds on 8 years of experience of programming and communicating complex projects to a range of audiences. This includes a position as Development Officer at Sir John Soane’s Museum, working as part of a team that delivered a £7m fundraising target for the largest capital project in the Museum’s 200 year history. It was here that Magnus developed a passion for architectural history. Magnus has experience of delivering events and engagement on a wide range of projects to support specific business or outreach objectives.
Magnus holds a BA in Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History from the University of East Anglia and an MA jointly awarded by the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art in the History of Design. Magnus’ archaeological specialism is in the study of Post-Medieval material culture, and he is a published academic author on the history and material culture of the English public house.