The Historic Character of the River Stour

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An Evening with Archaeologist Antony Firth to learn about the historical and heritage character of the River Stour

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As we continue on the story of the Stour Valley Park project join us for an evening to understand and learn about the History and Heritage of the River Stour

The River Stour has been vitally important to people for thousands of years; even in today’s landscape there is still lots of evidence of how people used and modified the river to meet a wide range of needs.

In this presentation, archaeologist Antony Firth – Director of Fjordr Ltd. – will discuss recent work to understand the historic character of the River Stour and what this means for how we look after the river in future.

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Antony Firth Director of Director of Fjordr Ltd. Antony has written numerous reports and studies of the River Stour in Dorset and its historical charachter.

Early in his career, Antony combined academic training in European and international organisations, and sea-use law and management, with practical diving-based fieldwork on both submerged prehistoric sites and shipwrecks.

Antony’s PhD included a detailed analysis of marine heritage management across seven countries in north-west Europe, combining research into the history and implementation of UK legislation with commercial diving in support of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 as a member of the Archaeological Diving Unit (ADU).

Antony worked for Wessex Archaeology for almost 16 years, initially as a Project Manager and then as Head of Coastal and Marine, building one of the most capable specialist teams in this sector anywhere in the world. During this time Antony was involved in a very wide range of marine archaeological projects, including major development-led schemes, strategic research into methods and applications, and projects designed to broaden engagement with industry, schools and the general public.

Antony is a member of Historic England's Expert Advisory Group (EAG).

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