About the MOLA research repository

The MOLA Research Repository is an open access repository for the research produced by staff and research associates of MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology).


Research agendas underpin all aspects of our work; from how our archaeological excavations are designed to the focus of post-excavation specialist analysis. We have a large in-house team of experts and work collaboratively with academics and multi-disciplinary specialists to create new knowledge of value to researchers and society at large.


Repository aims

The aims of the repository are to:

     1. Provide a reliable source of information about research undertaken by MOLA staff, individually or in collaboration with other research organisations

     2. Provide a single point of open access to our full-text research outputs wherever possible

     3. Make our research easier to find, and enhance the contribution we make to UK and international research

     4. Respond to the open access expectations of our research funders.

Content in the repository

The repository houses material such as archaeological reports, journals and book references, data and conference papers. Where available, a link to the full item is included. It is currently a pilot (beta) service and is being developed gradually with more of our content still being added.

 Shared repository service

The repository is part of a Shared Research Repository service, encompassing the research outputs of a small number of UK cultural and heritage institutions: the British Library, British Museum, National Museums Scotland, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Our separate repositories can be visited each in turn or explored together via a single search through the collaborative Shared Repository page. The British Library manages the shared repository service. In the current beta phase, we welcome your feedback on our repository and the shared repository beta service.


The other repositories can be found here:

British Library research repository

British Museum research repository

Kew research repository

National Museums Scotland research repository



The repository is built using Samvera Hyku, a rapidly developing open source repository software in which multitenancy is a key feature. The British Library’s shared repository pilot project is an early adopter of the Hyku platform and the Library looks forward to sharing its experience around scalability, multi-tenancy and user experience.

The repository metadata is available for harvesting via the OAI-PMH protocol. The base URL is https://mola.iro.bl.uk/catalog/oai.