CHERISH (Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands, and Headlands) is an exciting, 6-year European-funded Ireland-Wales project between the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland, Aberystwyth University: Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and Geological Survey, Ireland. The project will receive €5.1 million through the Ireland-Wales 2014-2020 Programme.

CHERISH is a truly cross-disciplinary project. It aims to raise awareness and understanding of the past, present and near-future impacts of climate change, storminess, and extreme weather events on the rich cultural heritage of the Irish and Welsh regional seas and coast. We will be employing innovative techniques to study some of the most iconic coastal locations in Ireland and Wales.

The four main aims of CHERISH are to:

  • Target data and knowledge gaps to raise awareness of heritage in these remote coastal locations.
  • Discover, assess, map and monitor heritage on land and beneath the sea and establish new baseline data and recording standards.
  • Link land and sea.
  • Reconstruct past environments and weather history.

CHERISH will work with communities and will widely disseminate the results and best practice for future climate change adaptation.


In line with Government advice, CHERISH Project staff have canceled forthcoming travel plans, events, and fieldwork in Wales and Ireland. Most staff will be working from home from this week onwards. However, we all have plenty of ‘homework’ to do in the form of data processing, report writing, and preparing publications. During this time we will also plan for public events and activities once social distancing guidance has been relaxed.

We'll let you know when anything changes and in the meantime will be maintaining a lively social media presence in the coming weeks to keep you all involved with progress! We hope everyone stays safe.


We will be moving our website over to a new publishing platform over the next few months so please bear with us if the content is not updated as regularly!

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