MOLA Museum of London Archaeology

MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)

£35,000 joint funding award made by the Ronald Wates Family Committee and Wates Family Enterprise Trust.

MOLA is an independent charity which provides education and engages communities with new understandings of archaeology and the historic environment in London and across the country.

The Wates grants support a Community Archaeologist to develop and deliver a pan-London programme of archaeology education and outreach to be delivered as part of the Time Truck project, in 2016 and 2017. The Time Truck is a flexible mobile classroom space which is deployed into communities and schools to host exhibitions, education sessions and volunteering activities. These activities will be targeted at hard to reach communities to promote cohesion and build a sense of belonging and identity based on shared local heritage.

As well as community engagement events for the general public, this will include sessions for over 8,000 pupils at schools in Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, and Tower Hamlets. The children will excavate real archaeological material from specially prepared ‘Dig Boxes’, developing a sense of local identity by learning about their local history whilst also gaining experience of the archaeological process.