School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Sustaining our coastal heritage

Sustaining our coastal heritage

This project championed the value of local knowledge.

This project provided opportunities for the Blyth Valley community to share their knowledge about the coastal heritage that has shaped the identity of the community today. 

What we did

Through interviews and focus groups we gathered local knowledge, oral histories, traditions and language.

We then used this to inform a series of participatory workshops and develop education and interpretation materials.

This project raised awareness and improved access to Blyth Valley’s coastal heritage. It changed people’s perceptions of their local coastal environment and generated wider public appreciation of management issues.

We hope it will create a lasting benefit for future generations.

Funding was gratefully received from the Heritage Lottery Fund.