Jess Bryan (MOLA): All work and no play

My day of archaeology is not typical by any means. It started last night at the Bloomberg London summer party. Held at a warehouse in Shoreditch, London, this was the kind of party rarely seen by archaeologists, and then usually only by company directors. Working on the Bloomberg London project (yep we are still doing the post-ex) has allowed me to attend more than my fair share of these corporate do’s and the relationship between Bloomberg, MOLA and McAlpine means the whole team get to go. This party did not disappoint: champagne, edible mist, ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, BBQ, photobooths, live band and a DJ. Of course there was the obligatory networking and hobnobbing to be done but everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves (perhaps a little too much).

Safety first

Correct PPE must be worn at all times in the photobooth

And so my task today involves organising our own party, as tonight MOLA are hosting a Bloomberg London (or Bucklersbury House as we call it) reunion! People who worked on the site (and those that didn’t) can come along, catch up with old colleagues, and hear where we have got to in the Post-ex process. It’s over a year since we came off site, and although we are still wading through all of the records, we thought it would be nice to update everyone on our findings and show them what their hard work on site has resulted in so far. So often you leave a site and never hear of it again. So I am putting the final touches to my presentation, checking the finds and enviro specialists are still coming to speak and making sure the pub that we have booked is ready for the onslaught of 50 archaeologists. Although it will not be on the level of last night’s party, there will be a few drinks and nibbles available to all…