Research visits to Suffolk and Orkney 2017


Living on the edge in Shingle Street (photo: Aly Stoneman, 2017)

I visited Suffolk and Orkney this summer (2017) while researching and writing for my PhD in contemporary British poetry and coastal change, accessing museum and heritage centre collections and walking some of the most threatened coast in the UK. I was especially struck by the effect of climate change and sea change on people in the past (e.g. the impacts of sea-level rise in the Neolithic and a deteriorating climate on Bronze Age farming in Orkney; the devastating inundation of medieval Dunwich) and the inevitable connection with how we relate to climate and coastal change in modern times, when we are less flexible in terms of settlement mobility. I am also increasingly interested in flood narratives in oral traditions and in how we evaluate what we save and what we leave, in relation both to heritage sites and personal property, when the sea comes calling…

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  1. This sounds fascinating, Aly. One thing that has always intrigued me is the way Romans drew the island of great Britain as a triangle. I don’t know where I read the suggestion that the Bristol Channel was still land then. Any comments?

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