About us

CoLAT was formed on 25 July 1974. The Trust is administered by a Management Committee comprising four nominees of the Court of Common Council of the City of London, representatives of the Society of Antiquaries, UCL Institute of Archaeology and the Council for British Archaeology, and other invited academics, along with the Director of the Museum of London and the Chief Executive of Museum of London Archaeology.

CoLAT’s changing and widening purposes

The Trust Deed of 1974 which set up the City of London Archaeological Trust (CoLAT) says that CoLAT will support excavation, publication, and exhibition of strata and finds from the City ‘and its environs.’ We have taken ‘publication’ to include the necessary prerequisite of preparation and curation of the archaeological archive, as well as digitisation of records and publications.

Over recent years the Committee of CoLAT has broadened this scope into concern for the conservation of the archaeological resource and the presentation of sites (Billingsgate bath house; plaques and information panels).

Our concern for the conservation of the resource has naturally led to being involved as a consultee in City planning documents which deal with all aspects of the environment, but especially Conservation Areas and the presentation of historic monuments and strata (eg historic churchyards).

This in turn leads to a further concern or interest, how historic buildings, monuments and blocks of archaeological strata can be conserved within new developments. We will advise the Corporation and developers on individual sites. Some recent developments have been insensitive.

The City of London strives to be a global city, a major player in the global economy like New York or Tokyo. All global cities now recognise that they should protect, enhance and celebrate their local and national culture: so the city has festivals, museums, exhibitions, the Olympic Games. Larger events such as the Olympic Games have great archaeological consequences.

There is thus a cultural economy; art and culture are integral parts of urban planning and indeed urban economic development. London has become a cultural ensemble, a place of cultural pilgrimage. CoLAT can contribute to this cultural and economic development, by advising on the management and presentation of the historic environment in the City and its environs.

Our approach can be summed up as: knowledge leads to appreciation, which leads to a concern for conservation of the past within the present townscape. These three areas are CoLAT’s main business, and we wish to support and extend all three to the widest audience.

This positive side having been stated, it may be useful to say what CoLAT does not support:

acquisition of buildings or major pieces of equipment such as vehicles any kind of event or conference, except for archaeological poster or other short-term display at conferences publication costs for books which have a clear commercial motive vocational or educational courses, post-graduate and doctoral research any kind of archaeological work, research or publication which in the Trust’s view should be financed by a developer, secular or religious archaeological work which in the Trust’s view should be financed by a statutory undertaker or local authority.

Details of our current committee members can be found below, along with our most recent Accounts and the Trustees and Auditors’ Reports.

CoLAT Management Committee

Appointed by the Court of Common Council of the Corporation of London

  • Peter Dunphy
  • Alderman Alison Gowman
  • Brendan Barns
  • Paul Martinelli

Appointed by the Trust Deed

  • Gabriel Moshenska (representing UCL Institute of Archaeology)
  • John Pearce (representing the Society of Antiquaries of London)
  • Sharon Ament, Director, Museum of London (ex officio)

Appointed by the Committee

  • David Bowsher
  • John White (Chairman)
  • Professor Caroline Barron (Deputy Chairman)
  • Professor Clive Orton
  • Jane Sidell
  • Kathryn Stubbs
  • Roy Stephenson
  • Finbarr Whooley, Museum of London

Trustees

The Trustees are the official trustees of the Corporation of London and are appointed in accordance with orders made by the Corporation of London.

  • Ian Thomas, Town Clerk and Chief Executive
  • Caroline Al-Beyerty, Chamberlain and CFO
  • Michael Cogher, Comptroller and City Solicitor

Secretary

John Schofield
2 Carthew Villas
London
W6 0BS

Telephone: 0208 741 3573

Email: john@jschd.co.uk

The Secretary’s Report for each financial year, describing the work of the Trust, is contained within each set of Accounts, as in the next section.

Accounts and Trustees and Auditors’ reports for the Trust

Our Committee members

John White, Chairman, has been an Army Officer and a City lawyer. He has been Master of two City Livery Companies and Alderman for the Ward of Billingsgate. He currently runs a farm and property management business, is Honorary Colonel, Middlesex and London, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Association, “The Tigers”, HM Tower of London, a magistrate and is a keen amateur historian.

Caroline Barron, Deputy Chair, is Emeritus Professor of the History of London at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published on many aspects of the history of medieval London, including esays on women, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Guildhall and merchant culture. Her book London in the Later Middle Ages: Government and People was published in 2004.

Brendan Barns was born and bred in Dorset before moving to London to study Government at the London School of Economics. He began his career working in Parliament before starting his first company, a speaker bureau in 1996. Since 2002, Brendan has been the Founder and CEO of the London Business Forum. He has lived and worked in the City for over 25 years and in March 2022 was elected as Common Councilman for the Farringdon Within Ward.

Paul Martinelli is an elected member of the Court of Common Council and sits on the Finance, Planning, and Audit & Risk Committees as well as serving on the City Bridge Trust, one the UK’s largest charities. He is Managing Director of one of the largest businesses at Smithfield Market, where he serves as Treasurer of the Traders’ Association.

Clive Orton is Professor Emeritus of Quantitative Archaeology at UCL Institute of Archaeology and Editor Emeritus of London Archaeologist magazine. Since retiring in 2008 he has set up a small not-for-profit service to publish books of an archaeological or historical nature.

Jane Sidell is a professional archaeologist who has worked in London since 1991, initially at the Museum of London and then at English Heritage (now Historic England). She is currently Inspector of Ancient Monuments for London, protecting London’s heritage.

Jeremy Simons worked for a major telecommunications company until 2002, including time representing the UK and Ireland on Intergovernmental Organisations providing satellite communications. He has been a member of the Court of Common Council of the City but is now on CoLAT in a private capacity.

Roy Stephenson was Historic Environment Lead at the Museum of London and has been in the heritage sector since 1984. He works to inspire communities to use their historic assets and museum collections in a positive and fulfilling fashion. He has a interest in the material culture of the 17th century, particularly London delftware.

Kathryn Stubbs is a Town Planner and archaeologist who has worked in the City of London for over 30 years. She has been Head of Archaeology and the Historic Environment at the City of London Corporation.

Finbarr Whooley is Director of Content at the Museum of London.

David Bowsher is Director of Research at Museum of London Archaeology. His primary responsibility is to lead the organisation’s programme of post-excavation projects as they progress from assessment and analysis to publication. He joined the Museum of London in 1986.

Peter Dunphy has been an elected member for the Cornhill Ward of the City of London Corporation since 2009 and is ward Deputy. He has 10 years of experience on the Planning Committee and has also acted as a Trustee of the Honourable Irish Society (Deputy Governor 2019-2021) and the City Bridge Trust charities.

Alison Gowman is the Alderman for the Ward of Dowgate and served in the office of Sheriff of the City of London from September 2021-22. She is a Governor of the Museum of London and a trustee of MOLA. Her career has been based in the City as a commercial real estate lawyer where she was the first female partner at DLA Piper UK LLP and now works as a consultant. She has a long time interest in environmental, climate and sustainability matters and founded the Livery Climate Action Group.

John Pearce lectures in Roman archaeology in the Classics department, King’s College London. Before this he worked on the Vindolanda tablets and related projects at the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, Oxford University. His interests lie in the society and culture of Rome’s north-west provinces. He represents the Society of Antiquaries on the committee.

John Schofield, Secretary of CoLAT, was an archaeologist at the Museum of London from 1974 to 2008. He was Cathedral Archaeologist at St Paul’s Cathedral from 1990 to 2021, and the author of several books on the archaeology of London and medieval towns. Many of his archaeological articles and papers are accessible here: https://independent.academia.edu/JohnSchofield.

 

About the photographs on this website

Thanks to MOLA for supplying the photographs used on the CoLAT website.