BLOG

The BAA boost

The BAA boost

The BAA boost

In July 2014 the Museum of London Archaeology team leading the excavations and research at Bloomberg London came along to the British Museum to the British Archaeological Awards, looking forward to hearing about some of the best archaeological projects in the UK and having a good chat and maybe a drink with colleagues.

We were thrilled to have been shortlisted for 2014 Best Archaeology Project. The excavations on the site of Bloomberg’s new European HQ were a big deal for MOLA. We knew that the archaeological remains on the site could be spectacular as a result of waterlogged deposits associated with the Walbrook river and because this is the site where the temple of Mithras was found in 1954.

Bloomberg writing tablet 6C copyright MOLA

Bloomberg writing tablet 6C copyright MOLA

We had put in a huge amount of planning into this excavation, working with the developers, architects, engineers and geotechnical specialists. It was genuinely multi-disciplinary. Archaeologists were invited to all the key meetings and Bloomberg as a company believed that getting the archaeology right was as much their responsibility as having a great building for a high profile central London site.

Amber amulet in the shape of a gladiator’s helmet. Bloomberg Place 2013. BZY10 [3267] height 13mm

Amber amulet in the shape of a gladiator’s helmet. Bloomberg Place 2013.

Bloomberg also believe passionately in communicating the results of the archaeology and together with MOLA delivered one of the largest public engagement programmes ever undertaken for a single site. We created a website, blogged, gave over 50 presentations, helped create 2 films, put on 5 temporary displays and undertook an oral history project.

So, back to that lecture theatre in the British Museum in 2014.

When the winner of the Best Archaeological Award was announced – and it was Bloomberg London – we were overjoyed for the whole team. Winning the award was a massive boost and validated all of the effort that everyone had put in.

The next day, the construction company, developers and Bloomberg were all talking about it. The BAA award created a great buzz around the site and one of the engineers later told me it just confirmed that they were in ‘the A Team’.

The BAA Award certainly made a difference to us, it was motivational, raised our profile across the project team, acknowledged the value of all of the public engagement – and extended way beyond the world of archaeology.

We wish all the best to 2016’s lucky winners!

Sophie Jackson, Director of Client Relations, MOLA

6 July 2016

Posted on
Posted in BLOG
Tagged ,

Twitter

RT @InstituteArch: We'd like to congratulate all the winners and runners up at yesterdays British Archaeological Awards ceremony @BAAWARDSUK

RT @AmandaFeath: Wonderful people make great archaeological projects. A great celebration of both today with @CarenzaLewis @BAAWARDSUK http…

RT @Nathalie_Cohen: Very excited for @KnoleNT to have won Best Archaeological Project @BAAWARDSUK! https://t.co/QBiA92qJtj

RT @ThamesDiscovery: Congratulations to our colleagues at @CITiZAN1 and @MOLArchaeology for winning @BAAWARDSUK, and to our friends @KnoleN

RT @MOLArchaeology: We are so excited that #LondonMithraeum @Bloomberg SPACE has has been recognised with the British Archaeological Award…

Congratulations to all the winners at this evening’s .⁦@BAAWARDSUK⁩ from the Trustees & compère .⁦@CarenzaLewis⁩. T… https://t.co/t7YGezszEP

We have every reason to be optimistic says Carenza Lewis our compère for the awards this evening https://t.co/qH8NRhvR1s

Well done everyone. You are all amazing! https://t.co/lQMiWvALrt

RT @allisonl: @BAAWARDSUK winners for best public display of Archeology is the London Mithreaum Bloomberg SPACE #baawards https://t.co/aQtP…

RT @CoastArch: Wow... Joint winners, with @CITiZAN1 of the BAA best community project award!!! https://t.co/0n1pxd8g7A

RT @InstituteArch: We'd like to congratulate all the winners and runners up at yesterdays British Archaeological Awards ceremony @BAAWARDSUK
RT @AmandaFeath: Wonderful people make great archaeological projects. A great celebration of both today with @CarenzaLewis @BAAWARDSUK http…
RT @Nathalie_Cohen: Very excited for @KnoleNT to have won Best Archaeological Project @BAAWARDSUK! https://t.co/QBiA92qJtj
RT @ThamesDiscovery: Congratulations to our colleagues at @CITiZAN1 and @MOLArchaeology for winning @BAAWARDSUK, and to our friends @KnoleN
RT @MOLArchaeology: We are so excited that #LondonMithraeum @Bloomberg SPACE has has been recognised with the British Archaeological Award…
Congratulations to all the winners at this evening’s .⁦@BAAWARDSUK⁩ from the Trustees & compère .⁦@CarenzaLewis⁩. T… https://t.co/t7YGezszEP
We have every reason to be optimistic says Carenza Lewis our compère for the awards this evening https://t.co/qH8NRhvR1s
Well done everyone. You are all amazing! https://t.co/lQMiWvALrt
RT @allisonl: @BAAWARDSUK winners for best public display of Archeology is the London Mithreaum Bloomberg SPACE #baawards https://t.co/aQtP…
RT @CoastArch: Wow... Joint winners, with @CITiZAN1 of the BAA best community project award!!! https://t.co/0n1pxd8g7A