About Me

Dr Sara Perry, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)

Dr Sara Perry - Through a glass darkly
Me in York, Summer 2017. Photo by Rachel Saunders (https://www.facebook.com/RachelSaundersphotography/)

I am Director of Research and Engagement at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology). Until October 2019, I was a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Management in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York (UK), and until Autumn 2017, I also held the posts of Director of Studies of Digital Heritage, Director of Studies of Archaeological Information Systems and Director of Graduate Studies. I stepped down from these roles to pursue heritage consultancy work, splitting my time between the university and the commercial sector. I’ve now moved to MOLA to work full time in applied practice. My profile and contact details can be found here.

Currently, I am Project Lead on the AHRC-funded Transforming Data Reuse in Archaeology (TETRARCHs) project, part of the European CHANSE scheme. I am Principal Investigator (PI) on Accelerating Impact at MOLA programme, an Impact Acceleration Account funded by the AHRC. I am also Co-I on the AHRC-funded Unpath’d Waters: Marine and Maritime Collections in the UK (UNPATH) – one of the major projects awarded through AHRC’s Towards a National Collection initiative. Here I lead UNPATH’s Audiences and Evaluation work package. I am a lead on the Archaeology Audience Network, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery through The Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage initiative. I was recently Co-I on the AHRC-funded Making it FAIR project, working with a range of local museums and cultural stakeholders in the UK to understand the ‘digital divide’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the implications for the development of digital infrastructures.

Until autumn 2019 I was also Director of the Visualisation Team at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük. I was Co-Investigator on the two-year USAID funded project Memphis: Egypt’s Ancient Capital. I was the Heritage Lead on the two-year AHRC funded Co-Production Networks for Community Heritage in Tanzania Project. And I was Co-Investigator on the three-year Horizon 20/20-European Commission funded EMOTIVE project.

I have been awarded a series of major local and national teaching honours since 2014, including finalist for the Times Higher Education Award for Most Innovative Teacher of the Year (sponsored by Higher Education Academy) in 2016, recipient of the University of York’s Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award in 2016, recipient of the JISC 50 Most Influential Higher Education Professionals Using Social Media award, judged by Times Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and JISC in 2015, and 1st Place for the YUSU (University of York Student Union) Excellence in Teaching and Supervision Award for Innovative Use of Technology in 2014.

I completed my doctorate in archaeology at the University of Southampton in 2011 under the supervision of Prof Stephanie Moser. Simultaneously, I held a Teaching Fellowship in the department, a Research Fellowship in Digital Humanities under Prof Graeme Earl, a managerial role on the English Heritage-funded Visualisation in Archaeology project, and a British Academy Research Fellowship for my work with Prof Matthew Johnson on the Alan Sorrell archive. I completed my BA and MA in anthropology at the University of Victoria (Canada), where my fieldwork experience centred on the northwest coast of North America.

Click here for publications and see below. I am on Twitter at archaeologistSP and Instagram at archaeologistsp.

Many of my publications are available on ResearchGate or, less frequently, on Academia.edu.


During and between my degrees I have been employed in positions both inside and beyond the archaeological sector, many focused on issues of participatory action and critical knowledge making and knowledge sharing. As an archaeological anthropologist, I have worked as an instructor, facilitator, university curriculum (re)designer, collections specialist, zooarchaeology lab assistant, research assistant and teaching assistant.

Outside of archaeology, I have held the posts of Research Coordinator at the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia, Project Manager for the British Columbia Ministry of Health, Policy Analyst for Health Canada, as well as various voluntary roles in the community and positions on university committees.


Only a selection of recent publications, presentations and teaching assignments are noted within the links above. Please do contact me for more detail via email.