Community Engagement

Stakeholder engagement and collaboration is crucial to CHERISH and we’ve had a busy time meeting with seventeen stakeholder organisations across the United Kingdom and Ireland. These include national and government heritage organisations such as Cadw, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, the National Monument Service in Ireland, National Trust and Natural Resources Wales. We’ve also met and established links with existing coastal archaeological projects such as SCAPE in Scotland and CITiZAN in England. We would like to thank all stakeholders for their positive contribution to the project throughout its development and mobilisation phase.
CHERISH staff from Ireland and Wales out and about with the SCAPE (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion) Trust along the Fife coast in Scotland.CHERISH staff from Ireland and Wales out and about with the SCAPE (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion) Trust along the Fife coast in Scotland.

Three British Coastal Projects meet in Orkney. Staff from CHERISH, SCAPE and CITiZAN met at the ‘Our Islands, Our Past’ conference organised by the University of Highlands and Islands in Kirkwall, Orkney, in September.Three British Coastal Projects meet in Orkney. Staff from CHERISH, SCAPE and CITiZAN met at the ‘Our Islands, Our Past’ conference organised by the University of Highlands and Islands in Kirkwall, Orkney, in September.

We’ve talked about CHERISH to many hundreds of people, including presenting at a number of international conferences such as the European Archaeological Association in Maastricht, the Aerial Archaeology Research Group in Pula, ‘Our Islands, Our Past’ in Orkney, the Royal Geographical Society in London and the British Society for Geomorphology annual conference.
Introducing CHERISH at the Aerial Archaeology Research Group (AARG) annual conference in Pula, Croatia.
Introducing CHERISH at the Aerial Archaeology Research Group (AARG) annual conference in Pula, Croatia.

We celebrated Europe Day on 9 May and also organised a National Heritage Week event in Ireland with the public invited on board the Geological Survey of Ireland’s survey vessel the RV Keary in Kilmore Quay on 20 and 27 August. Announcing the event on local and national radio, in the local newspaper and through various social media channels ensured we had a good turnout on both days with some four hundred people coming on board.

Heritage Day on board the RV Keary in Kilmore Quay.Heritage Day on board the RV Keary in Kilmore Quay.

The CHERISH team met with members of the public and discussed the impact of climate change on cultural heritage, the process of seabed mapping and our plans for research in the Wexford area. Many useful connections with diving groups, local archaeologists and local authorities were made.The CHERISH team met with members of the public and discussed the impact of climate change on cultural heritage, the process of seabed mapping and our plans for
research in the Wexford area. Many useful connections with diving groups, local archaeologists and local authorities were made
.