Research & Engagement

  • Research at MOLA

    We develop partnerships with commercial, academic and community groups to produce truly innovative archaeological research.
  • Josh Frost leads the Thames Discovery Programme Tadpoles session (c) MOLA.jpg

    Community Engagement

    We run community archaeology programmes that stimulate enquiry and promote active discovery.
  • Roman London's first voices (c) MOLA


    MOLA has produced over a hundred archaeological publications, ranging from academic monographs to popular books.
  • historic documentation

    Resource Library

    The Resource Library provides access to unpublished reports, publication resources and bibliographic article references.
  • School session on the Time Truck at Tower Bridge (c) MOLA

    Research and Engagement Projects

    We carry out a range of research and community archaeology projects every year, with our partners.
  • Thames Discovery Programme teaching the Tadpoles (c) MOLA


    Experience archaeology first-hand and volunteer with MOLA, CITiZAN and the Thames Discovery Programme.


These pages provide information on events that MOLA is hosting and those we are contributing to, ranging from walks and talks to community digs, conferences and exhibitions.

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  • Park Street burial ground and Birmingham’s population expansion

    MOLA Headland team

    In 1780 historian William Hutton wrote ‘…instead of the church burying the dead, the dead would have in time buried the church…’. He was talking about the great numbers of people dying in Birmingham, resulting in the walls of St Martin-in-the-Bullring church nearing collapse as the number buried overwhelmed the churchyard. In this blog Mary Ruddy from WSP, Archaeological Consultant on HS2’s Park Street excavation, explores the effects that population growth in 19th century Birmingham had on the city and its inhabitants.


  • MOLA Finds Specialist Nigel Jeffries inspects a 'witch bottle' found during excavations at Holywell Priory (c) MOLA

    What should you do if you find a 17th–century ‘witch bottle’?

    Nigel Jeffries

    How can 'witch bottles' be identified, and what should you do if one (quite literally) falls down your chimney?