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CoLAT welcomes donations from individuals, companies, charities and institutions who want to contribute to the archaeological and historical study of London by supporting important publications for wide public enjoyment.

Because we work with archaeologists in the London area, we know what needs to be funded. We can help tailor a prospective donation to a suitable project which is close to the interests of the donor.

Details of several important projects which require funding in order to reach completion can be found below. If you're interested in sponsoring a project and would like further information, please contact the CoLAT Secretary:

John Schofield
2 Carthew Villas
W6 0BS

Telephone: 0208 741 3573


Projects in need of support

London Waterfont Tenements 1100-1900

The aim of this large project to produce an archaeological and historical account of an important part of the City of London, through nine centuries of development and change. It will stand as the core record of the sequence of layers, buildings, waterfronts and other structures which underpins much other archaeological and historical research of recent decades, already published. It also stands as a considerable block of necessary first research. Based on this, much more detailed investigation of the lives and work of Londoners around the north end of London Bridge can be undertaken by students at all levels, and from places far outside London itself.

The objective of finishing this extensive double report can be attained by breaking the work into discrete blocks, which can be individually accurately assessed, costed and undertaken. Some pieces of work will be for the first volume, to 1666; others will be for the second report, from 1666 to about 1900.

A range of possibilities for supporting this major project can be put before a potential sponsor.

If you or your institution can help support this important work, please contact John Schofield.

Read the full London Waterfront Tenements project summary(PDF, 1.4MB)

View more information about the London Waterfront Tenements project on the CoLAT website

A detail from a black-and-white map showing buildings crowded together along the edge of a river

A dyehouse with cloths drying on poles on the Swan Lane site in 1647. Swan Lane is one of the four sites excavated in 1974-82 being studied in this publication project

Half of a blue-and-white tile depicting a figure on horseback

A Dutch wall-tile showing damage in the Great Fire of London of 1666, from the excavations of 1982 at Billingsgate Lorry Park, City of London

Redwares (Post-medieval pottery from excavations in London)

London-area red earthenwares were one of the main sources of everyday household and industrial ceramics used by Londoners in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Work on a volume covering London-area post-medieval redwares, and fine redwares, largely from kilns in Essex is well advanced, but requires additional funding for completion. This publication would prove valuable not only for researchers working in the London area, but also for the study of redwares further afield, with examples known from sites as far away as Virginia in the USA.

To date, the post-medieval redware industries supplying London are known mainly from summaries and interim publications, and no comprehensive survey has yet been carried out.

The completion of analysis and research, leading to the production of a completed text and figures in a MOLA monograph, is currently estimated at £50,000 ($82,000).

If you or your institution can help support this important work, please contact John Schofield.

Read the full Redwares project proposal (PDF, 17KB)

Part of a redware bowl, reconstructed from fragments

A bowl in Metropolitan slipware, from the excavation of 1982 at Billingsgate Lorry Park

Part of a redware jug, reconstructed from fragments

A jug in Metropolitan slipware, made east of London in the 17th century, also from the excavation at Billingsgate Lorry Park