The Margaret and Tom Jones Fund

Research into Mucking, British Landscape Archaeology and fieldwork methodology

Background: In 1965 Margaret and Tom Jones conducted a 14 year campaign of excavations at what was then one of the largest excavation sites in Europe, the 18 hectare gravel site at Mucking in Essex, which hincluded important remains from the Neolithic to the Medieval period. This fund was set up from a bequest from Mary Jones FSA’s estate.

Scope: These awards may be used to support fieldwork and research. First priority will be given to applications related to excavations at Mucking, Essex, 1965-78. Otherwise applications pertaining to the following research themes will be considered for funding: (1) British landscape archaeology of the periods covered in the Mucking excavation (i.e. Neolithic to post-Medieval); (2) Projects relating to the methodology for the field investigation, excavation or analysis of large sites or landscapes.
Usual amount of award: up to £10,500

Applicants should also note that:

  • Depending on the applications, one or multiple awards may be granted
  • Anyone previously employed on the Mucking Archives is not eligible to apply
  • Applicants awarded a grant will be expected to submit electronically a satisfactory report, of no less than 500 and no more than 5,000 words, as appropriate to the scale of the project, setting out how the research objectives were met. There should also be a separate financial statement detailing how the Society's money was spent. Both reports must be submitted no later than 28 February of the year following the award of the grant. No further grant will be made to any applicant who fails to meet this requirement
  • Grants should be taken up by 31 December of the year in which they are awarded
  • Your application must be made on the form provided and should not exceed four A4 pages; the font size should be no smaller than 10 point. Your application will be considered solely on the basis of the information you provide on your application form.
  • Applications (12 copies), summaries of your research proposal (12 copies) and references (12 copies) must be submitted by 15 January in the year of application. Late applications or those with late or missing references will not be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure your references reach the Society by the deadline.
  • At least one referee must be from outside your institution/organisation. Members of the Research Committee are debarred from acting as referees


Download the Application form and the Referee form