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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 1100-1750

The aim of this large project is to produce an archaeological and historical account of an important part of the City of London, through 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 first, larger text dealing with the period 1100 to 1666 was published by Archaeopress and CoLAT in April 2018. Attention now turns to the smaller amount of information to be published about the excavations and property histories for the same four bridgehead sites in the period 1650 to 1750. This work is about half done, and needs funds to be completed. The publication, to be called London’s Waterfront 1650–1750 , will present a picture of the waterfront of London at a crucial time in the history of the capital: when it had been severely damaged by the Great Fire of 1666, but was growing rapidly to become the hub of the new British Empire. This study, when published, will be of interest to historians and archaeologists in many other parts of the world.

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 summary of the London’s Waterfront 1650 - 1750 project (PDF, 2.7MB)

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