Britain at Low Tide: S2, E1 East Sussex
Some handy links and info if you want to delve a bit deeper into the stories featured in Episode One of Britain at Low Tide, Series Two.
If you missed Episode One, East Sussex, catch up here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/britain-at-low-tide/on-demand/66195-002
Next week we are in sunny Dorset, where we investigate some sunken tanks that helped change the military strategy for D-Day (no biggy), and an enigmatic and ancient structure submerged in Poole Harbour — 8pm, 24th February, Channel 4.
And don’t forget, if you want to get involved in coastal archaeology CITiZAN have loads of opportunities: https://citizan.org.uk/get-involved/
- Engineering Timelines gives a nice, clear summary of the project, it’s historical and geographical setting, and what happened next
- Rye Museum has some good images, and tells the story well. Nice stumps! They also explain why the original harbour at Rye stopped being fit for purpose.
- You can read John Smeaton’s own assessment of the planned harbour here (from page 70)
- And *drum roll* here is the actual 3D model of Smeaton’s harbour in SketchFab that Pete Rauxloh put together from his drone data, which you can play around with to your heart’s content!
****QUICKSAND CLAXON!! WARNING: THIS SITE IS DANGEROUS****
- the Shipwreck Museum tells the story of the wreck, and has a fab vintage photo to boot.
- This is a great chapter by Jerzy Gawronski on how the ship The Amsterdam is a microcosm of the city of Amsterdam, and indeed the 18th Century world.
- you can buy Peter Marsden’s book all about The Amsterdam here
- And here are two academic articles about The Amsterdam by Jerzy Gawronski (behind a paywall, I am afraid:
Gawronski, J. H. G. (1990), The Amsterdam project. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 19: 53–61. doi:10.1111/j.1095-9270.1990.tb00234.x
Gawronski, J. (1990). East Indiaman Amsterdam research 1984–1986. Antiquity, 64(243), 363-375. doi:10.1017/S0003598X00078029
- Charlotte and I looked at those original archive letters at The Keep, where the East Sussex Records Office keeps it’s archive. Access is available by appointment.
- You can visit the sort-of replica (well, more ‘inspired by’) of The Amsterdam at the Het Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam.
- Here is the CITiZAN report on their work at Pett Level: https://citizan.org.uk/resources/key-zones/south-east/pett-level-east-sussex/
- And here are some really interesting papers on the ancient environment at Pett Level, and the complex task of reconstructing and understanding sea level change:
- Long, A. J. and Waller, M. P. and Stupples, P. (2006) ‘Driving mechanisms of coastal change : peat compaction and the destruction of late Holocene coastal wetlands.’, Marine geology., 225 (1-4). pp. 63-84. [pdf]
- Waller et al. (1998), Flandrian Sedimentation and Palaeoenvironments in Pett Level, the Brede and Lower Rother Valleys and Walland Marsh [pdf]
- And a nice summary of the local geology and landscape of the coastline between Hastings and Pett: Robinson and Wilson, THE HIGH WEALD COAST FROM HASTINGS TO PETT: Classic Landforms of The Weald, Landform Guide No. 4 pp 39 – 43 [pdf]
Gus and I were shown the Ship Graffiti in St Thomas’, Winchelsea by Natalie Cohen of the National Trust/Museum of London. Winchelsea is a remarkable town, and it’s history — and how fundamental ships were to it — is something we that we just didn’t have time to do justice to.
But if you want to know more, I heartily recommend reading Thomas Dhoop’s PhD thesis Shaped by Ships and Storms: A Maritime Archaeology of Medieval Winchelsea [Volume 1 and Volume 2]
BRONZE AGE SHAFT
- Here is Oliver’s write up of the mysterious shaft in the Belle Tout Bronze Age enclosure at Birling Gap, and CITiZAN’s work to record and monitor it: https://citizan.org.uk/blog/2016/Apr/19/lost-and-found-rediscovering-bronze-age-shaft-belle-tout/