Research and education

We carry out research through both developer funded projects and grant awards. Our aim is to widen access to and appreciation of the value of heritage.

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MOLA is looking forward to assisting Dr Mark Maltby and his team of Researchers from Bournemouth University, and the Universities of Durham, Nottingham, Leicester, Roehampton and York with their AHRC-funded project Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions.

Introduction of bench fees

From the start of the academic year 2013/14 applicants should be aware that for non-collaborative research projects MOLA will be charging a bench fee. In return you will receive access to desk and computer as required from 9:30-4:30 on the agreed days and to dedicated, subject appropriate, staff assistance. Fees can be paid by cash, debit/credit card or cheque.

1 day - £70
First week - £300
Subsequent weeks - £250

Fees do not apply to projects which are currently in progress or for which initial application forms were received before October 2013.

Research at MOLA

The reputation of our publications is unparalleled. Although we have particular expertise in the archaeology of London, our work takes us across the UK and beyond. You can find out more about our project and the specialist areas in which our staff work here.

MOLA maintains strong links with the academic community and seeks out robust projects and outputs which stand alone or add value to our commercial work. Our base in central London – in the same premises as the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre – offers a rich environment for research.

MOLA seek constantly to extend the boundaries of commercial archaeology and to develop partnerships with commercial, academic and community groups to produce truly innovative work. To find out more, check out the MOLA Research Strategy for 2013-17.

If you would like to discuss a potential collaboration or funding opportunity, contact Natasha Powers, Research Co-ordinator at

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