The East Coast War Channels were a series of defensive routes used by civilian shipping just off the east coast of England in the First World War. Over a thousand merchant ships, fishing vessels and small warships such as minesweepers and patrol vessels were sunk by German U-boats in the War Channels. These wrecks - and the seafarers who traversed this hazardous route - are largely forgotten. Other sites on shore such as seaplane bases and signal stations that played a central role in the defence of the War Channels are equally overlooked. Fjordr, with the supported of Historic England, is helping people to explore the East Coast War Channels and to record the discoveries they make.
The workshop will introduce participants to finding out about and recording First World War sites at the coast and offshore using apps and online resources. The workshop is intended for anyone with an interest in the conflict that took place off the east coast of England in the First World War. Whatever your interest - if you have dived WWI wrecks, are intrgued by local history or you have family connections to east coast seafarers - please join our workshop.
This workshop is being run in partnership with the Home Front Legacy project and CITiZAN in support of Historic England's investigation of the East Coast War Channels to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
The workshop is being held at Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre, an award-winning carity that is seeking to preserve the maritime legacy of Scarborough.
Tickets for the workshop are free but spaces are limited to twelve tickets.
1000 Welcome and housekeeping
Introduction to the ECWCs
Introduction to HFL
Introduction to CITiZAN
1130 Using the HFL App
Using the CITiZAN App
Sources of information for ECWCs sites
1245 Lunch (not provided; please use local facilities)
1330 Walkabout and practical session
1515 Tidying up records and archive material