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Independent Research Organisation status for MOLA

Date: 09/09/2014

The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) has been granted Independent Research Organisation (IRO) status.

IROs have freedom to apply directly to Research Councils, including the AHRC, for funding. IRO status is awarded to organisations which make an enormous contribution to research within and beyond the higher education sector.

The new appointment is unique in that MOLA is the first archaeological contractor to be awarded IRO status, demonstrating the contribution that developer-funded archaeology makes to archaeological understanding and academia. It is also highlights the impact that commercial collaborations can have.

MOLA joins other IROs including the British Museum, the National Archives, the British Library and the Imperial War Museums. A full list of IROs is available here.

Ground-breaking research MOLA has already carried out includes the study of human remains from the UKs largest cemetery site, under Spitalfields Market, which demonstrated a direct link between mass burials in London in the 14th century and a catastrophic volcanic eruption in Indeonesia. Other significant research work includes Locating London's Past, a Jisc funded online resource. The interactive website allows users to search the locations of crimes as recorded at the Old Bailey between 1674 and 1913. MOLA provided spatial data and manipulated the digital images and maps for the widely used research tool.

For more information contact Alex Pryce (AHRC) on 01793 41 6025 or a.pryce@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes for editors

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to: www.ahrc.ac.uk
  • MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) is an experienced and innovative archaeology and built heritage practice. MOLA have been providing independent, professional heritage advice and services for over 40 years across the UK and internationally on schemes both large and small. Their commercial services are designed to help development, infrastructure and construction sector clients to meet their planning process requirements swiftly and expertly, with the certainty and value they need. As a charitable company their aim is to inspire people to be curious about their heritage.
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