Why provenance is worth digging deep for


Did you know that the property development sector spends £150m on direct archaeological costs each year? 

This fact, along with U+I’s commitment to retaining the heritage of the places we develop made Taryn Nixon, Chief Executive of the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), a welcome voice to lead May’s U+I Think event on ‘Prosperity, Posterity and Provenance’. 

Discussing the need for archaeology to be seen as a potential enhancement to developers rather than a box-ticking hindrance, she remarked that the field is usually “treated as a cost and not investment from which we can make better development”. 

To counter this, Taryn made a compelling argument for the valuable role archaeology can play in preserving the uniqueness of places and communities. 

"Over the long term, places with strong, distinctive identities are more likely to prosper than places without them. 

“Connection to place is at the very heart of a community's resilience.”


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Taryn’s thoughts on Prosperity, Posterity and Provenance can also be found in the latest issue of MATTER, our new platform for thought-provoking ideas in the field of mixed-use regeneration. 

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