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Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) Becomes Independent Charity

MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) has now become an independent charity, regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. From 1 November 2011, MOLA has its own Board of Trustees, chaired by philanthropist and businessman Michael Hoffman. But the Museum of London and MOLA will retain strong links and continue to work together.

Heather Knight, archaeologist on site of The Shakespearean Theatre. © Museum of London

Today, MOLA employs around 180 archaeologists working on most of the major archaeological sites in London. Strategically, independence gives MOLA a stronger remit; it streamlines operations, reduces duplication and cuts red tape. Originally, MOLA was a much smaller department within the Museum but it has expanded hugely – and has outgrown its parent organisation. Crucially, independence will give it freedom to operate and to explore new markets across the country and overseas.

MOLA will continue to have its headquarters at Mortimer Wheeler House (in Shoreditch) and share specialist expertise and equipment with Museum of London colleagues at London Wall. –

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