London Research Strategy

London Research Strategy

A strategy for researching the historic environment of Greater London is the final instalment of the three-part research framework for London. The Strategy follows on from a Resource Assessment (Archaeology of Greater London MOLA 2000) and a Research Agenda (Research framework for London Archaeology MOLA 2002). While parts 1 and 2 of the framework were traditional paper publications the new Strategy is an on-line pdf, a webpage, social media and links to other groups, placing the emphasis on participation, interaction and discussion to take research in new and exciting directions. We hope that this Strategy will help researchers – amateur and professional, academic or community-based – to successfully navigate the sometimes choppy waters of heritage guidelines to develop new research topics.

The Strategy extends beyond archaeology to include the broader historic environment – all aspects of the physical evidence for past human activity. Over 300 consultees from a wide variety of backgrounds played a part in developing the document, giving their time to discuss ideas for promoting research and identifying priorities. It is not intended as the final word on the subject but a starting point which we hope you will not only read but contribute to, helping us add to it and develop it in new and interesting directions over the coming years

The Strategy (Research Strategy pdf final November 2015) sets out a series of inter-related Research Elements that can be applied to the historic environment of the Greater London area, summarising recent research work in these terms. A proposed five-year Action Plan is also outlined, including Strategic Actions to facilitate the development of a research culture and Research Priorities related to national, thematic and regional research strategies. Identification of particular projects is limited to a few examples – the hope is that we can work together and share ideas to help develop projects and shape the strategy over time. The Case Studies show that London’s historic environment research sector is alive and well but that there is potential for it to expand and evolve.

We look forward to your comments and contributions to the Strategy via our Facebook page, forum and other discussion groups that we will be developing over the next few months.