Conference: Connecting Coastal Heritage, Communities, Climate Change ONLINE

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Conference exploring the opportunities and challenges of understanding climate change and the impact it has on our coast and communities.

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We are pleased to host an in-person and virtual event on coastal heritage and climate change as our first conference since lockdown!


A link with instructions on how to join the online event will be sent by email closer to the event date.

Climate change today represents one of the greatest threats to our lives and livelihoods, directly impacting on societies, people’s health, biodiversity, the economy and, overall, our futures. It also threatens our culture and heritage, whether that be the more tangible and daily heritage we see throughout our everyday lives, or that which harbours in our memories, practices and ways of knowing. The UK, as an island nation, is home to thousands of coastal communities that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – whether that is from the loss of livelihoods, homes or even entire landscapes. Archaeologists and other practitioners can help understand and respond to these threats and hazards via our work, using our expertise and access to the past.

This conference explores the opportunities and challenges of understanding these coastal processes and the impact that they have on our shoreline heritage and on the communities who live along them.

The conference will be focused specifically on:

• The impact of climate change and how heritage can contribute to its understanding

• The inevitability of damage and loss, and what this might mean to our communities

• The relevance of maritime/coastal/intertidal research in regards to climate action

Outline of sessions:

Session 1: Warm, wet and windy: the impact of climate change-driven extreme weather on coastal heritage.

Session 2: The inevitability of loss: How understanding the historic environment can help adapt to loss.

Panel Discussion: How relevant/important to tackling climate change is understanding our coastlines?

Speakers will come from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.

Confirmed speakers:

Sarah Forgesson (University of Central London)

Salma Sabour (University of Southampton)

Joseph Earl (Coastal Watch)

Tanya Venture (University of Exeter)

Alice Harvey-Fisherden (University of Liverpool)

Julian Whitewright (Royal Commision for Ancient Historic Monuments Wales)

Dr Louise Ann Wilson (Independent Scholar and Artist)

Dr Crystal El Safadi (University of Southampton)


Abigail Allan (University of Oxford)

Anthony Corns (CHERISH)

The Thames Discovery Programme

Dynamic Dunescapes

Dr Sara Perry (MOLA)

Dr Clare Martynski (Time and Tide Bell)

PLEASE NOTE: in order to keep everyone as safe as possible during the event, we are requesting that all attendees wear masks whilst at the event unless you are medically exempt (speakers may remove their mask whilst presenting), and that all attendees take a lateral flow test on the morning of the event. If the result is positive for COVID-19, you must not attend the event under any circumstances.

Due to some of those attending either being vulnerable themselves or potentially caring for vulnerable people, if you are displaying flu-like symptoms, you will be asked to leave the event. We reserve the right to turn away anyone who is perceived to be exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in keeping everyone as safe as possible whilst at the event.

Further information on how to order Lateral Flow COVID-19 Tests is available on the Government website:

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Organiser Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network

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Much of our island’s history is simply being washed away. Significant archaeological sites along our coast and on the foreshores of our tidal estuaries are being eroded by winds, waves and winter storms. CITiZAN is a community archaeology project which trains volunteers to record and monitor these fragile sites before they disappear.

We are generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with match funding from National Trust and additional support from Historic England. CITiZAN is hosted by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and by our partners the Council for British Archaeology and the Nautical Archaeology Society

Our new approach will focus on six Discovery Programmes dotted around the English coast.

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