CITiZAN Conference: Connecting Coastal Heritage, Communities and Climate Change

We are pleased to host an in-person and virtual event on coastal heritage and climate change as our first conference since lockdown!

Climate change today represents one of the greatest threats to our lives and livelihoods, directly impacting on societies, people’s health, biodiversity, the economy and, overall, our futures. It also threatens our culture and heritage, whether that be the more tangible and daily heritage we see throughout our everyday lives, or that which harbours in our memories, practices and ways of knowing. The UK, as an island nation, is home to thousands of coastal communities that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – whether that is from the loss of livelihoods, homes or even entire landscapes. Archaeologists and other practitioners can help understand and respond to these threats and hazards via our work, using our expertise and access to the past.

This conference explores the opportunities and challenges of understanding these coastal processes and the impact that they have on our shoreline heritage and on the communities who live along them.

The conference will be focused specifically on:

  • The impact of climate change and how heritage can contribute to its understanding
  • The inevitability of damage and loss, and what this might mean to our communities
  • The relevance of maritime/coastal/intertidal research in regards to climate action

Outline of sessions:

Session 1: Warm, wet and windy: the impact of climate change-driven extreme weather on coastal heritage.

Session 2: The inevitability of loss: How understanding the historic environment can help adapt to loss.

Panel Discussion: How relevant/important to tackling climate change is understanding our coastlines?


Speakers will come from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.

Confirmed speakers and chairs include:

  • Abigail Allan (University of Oxford)
  • Alice Harvey-Fisherden (University of Liverpool)
  • Anthony Corns (CHERISH)
  • Antony Firth (Historic England)
  • Clare Martynski (Time and Tide Bell)
  • Crystal El Safadi (University of Southampton)
  • Hana Morel (MOLA)
  • Izzie Spall (National Trust)
  • Joanna Hambly (SCAPE)
  • Joseph Earl (COAST WATCHERS)
  • Julian Whitewright (Royal Commission for Ancient Historic Monuments Wales)
  • Louise Ann Wilson (Independent Scholar and Artist)
  • Michael Curtis (Nautical Archaeology Society)
  • Natalie Coffey (Dynamic Dunescapes)
  • Neil Redfern (Council for British Archaeology)
  • Salma Sabour (University of Southampton)
  • Sara Perry (MOLA)
  • Sarah Forgesson (University College London)
  • Tanya Venture (University of Exeter)
  • TBC (Thames Discovery Programme)
  • Tom Dawson (SCAPE)

Book your place on Eventbrite now:

IN-PERSON EVENT (NOTE: Ticket sales for in-person attendance will end at midnight on 17th February, after which tickets to attend will be for the online livestream only).


PLEASE NOTE: in order to keep everyone as safe as possible during the event, we are requesting that all attendees wear masks whilst at the event unless you are medically exempt (speakers may remove their mask whilst presenting), and that all attendees take a lateral flow test on the morning of the event. If the result is positive for COVID-19, you must not attend the event under any circumstances.

Due to some of those attending either being vulnerable themselves or potentially caring for vulnerable people, if you are displaying flu-like symptoms, you will be asked to leave the event. We reserve the right to turn away anyone who is perceived to be exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in keeping everyone as safe as possible whilst at the event.

Further information on how to order Lateral Flow COVID-19 Tests is available on the Government website: