Coastal Heritage and Climate Change

Find out more about the impacts of climate change and storms on our coastal and underwater cultural heritage through a series of events taking places in Wicklow, Waterford, Fingal and also in Wales.

This research is part of the CHERISH (Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands) project: a 5 year European Union-funded Ireland-Wales program, supported by the Heritage Council. The project 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. The project employs innovative techniques such as drone survey and laser scanning to study some of the most iconic coastal locations in Ireland and Wales.

Bremore Archaeological Survey

Saturday 18th August, 11am – 2pm: Sandfield, Coney Hill, Balbriggan (Farm yard on right hand side as driving on the road towards the coast) Co. Dublin

This archaeological survey at Bremore, Co. Dublin will teach the basic skills in archaeological walk survey and artifact/feature identification. Participants may expect to come across a variety of artifacts as Bremore is a multi period site with megaliths dating back to 5000 BC and later historic settlement dated to the 16th century with an associated harbour. This event is organised in conjunction with Fingal County Council.

Seabed Survey Vessel Open Day

Sunday 19th August, 10am – 4pm, Arklow Harbour, Co. Wicklow

Meet marine geologists and archaeologists from the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Discovery Programme onboard this research vessel. Learn how the INFOMAR team map Ireland’s seabed and how the CHERISH project studies and monitors the impact of climate change and storminess on cultural heritage.

Lecture about Coastal Archaeology

Monday 20th August, 7pm – 9pm: Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford.

A lecture by Dr Edward Pollard of the Cherish Project entitled ‘Coastal archaeological investigations of early medieval counties Waterford and Wexford’. This event is organised in conjunction with Atlantic Geoparks and the Copper Coast Geopark.

Event in Wales to mark our collaboration with Welsh Project partners

Wednesday, 22 August: A guided walk at Dinas Dinlle Hillfort, Gwynedd, Wales led by Cherish archaeologists and geographers.


Heritage Week takes place from 18-26 August 2018 with over 2,000 events happening across Ireland, see what's on near you.