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A Postcard from Scratby Just to say ‘Hello…’

Postcard from Scratby

Postcard from Scratby

Update… Holding Back the Tide’s oral history volunteers have been busy beavering away up in Scratby, north of Great Yarmouth, collecting stories for the project. Mavis Sjaz has conducted three interviews from residents and holidaymakers of Scratby,  ‘I’ve interviewed one family who are three generations of holidaymakers to Scratby and I’ve captured some very interesting stories.’ Watch this space for further updates on the stories themselves.  Coming soon…

Portside Memories

Time and Tide’s Oral History Volunteers are set to interview people about their experiences of Portside life, today and in the past,  as part of a joint initiative between CoastNet and Great Yarmouth’s Time and Tide Museum, for Holding Back the Tide and the Our Great Yarmouth – Our Town Project

They would like to hear from people who have have memories of working at Great Yarmouth Port or work there today. They also want to hear from people who may have memories of visiting the Port and watching the ships Continue reading ‘Portside Memories’

Natural History Explorers!

As part of their whole-of-school approach to Holding Back the Tide, pupils from St Lawrence’s Primary School have been looking at the natural heritage of their village.

They have been finding out about which animals and plants can be found in and around the river and estuary, considering if changes in Rowhedge are effecting the wildlife and also putting their ideas forward in a letter to the local Councillor about the waterfront, as they think about their village in the future.

A display of their work was on show as part of the Holding Back the Tide stall at the Rowhedge Regatta as pictured here.

Down Memory Lane……….

Is where the Holding Back the Tide team took attendees at this year’s Rowhedge Regatta. Visitors to the stall were invited to learn more about the village’s heritage through the display of old photographs prepared by Dorothy Garratt of Rowhedge’s Museum Group including an aerial image of Rowhedge’s waterfront in the 1920’s.

Nestled on the banks of the tidal River Colne, Rowhedge is still very much a seafaring community today with locals enjoying the opportunity to sail, motor, kayak or row from the village quayside. Estuaries and tidal rivers are iconic to the Essex coastline and Rowhedge itself has a rich martime history, enjoying its own ship building heyday between 1890 and 1914.

The stall also provided the opportunity for people to share their knowledge and experience of life in the ‘Saltwater Village’ (the actual name of a book about Rowhedge itself) which will then lead to more in depth oral history interviews in particular about the Sand and Iron Works which used to operate along the waterside.

Aging well – Wellington Pier, Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth’s Wellington Pier was the highlight of a previous post ‘Two Miles of Seafront Attractions’ and the focus of a seafront inspired art project by students from Great Yarmouth High School’s ‘Gifted & Talented’ Art and Design Group.

Courtesy of Great Yarmouth’s Time and Tide here and below are a suite of pictures of the Pier over the last century.

A Town Hall beside the Sea?

The Moot Hall 'Aldeburgh Museum'. Photo courtesy of Aldeburgh MuseumMost would agree that Town Halls are normally found in the centre of a town. Indeed this was the case for Aldeburgh’s Moot Hall when it was built in the 1570s.

Still used as the Town Hall today it is also the home of the Aldeburgh Museum. However, nowadays it no longer resides in the middle of the town but on the sea front, next to the beach, as a result of the encroaching sea and coastal erosion over the last 500 years.

  Continue reading ‘A Town Hall beside the Sea?’

Recording ‘Earth Sounds’ on Earth Day………

What better way than to spend Earth Day, out and about, recording ‘Earth Sounds’? And not just any old earth sounds either! More specifically, the Holding Back the Tide team were recording sounds of the coast as preparatory work as part of drama and music activities for schools taking part in Holding Back the Tide.

Continue reading ‘Recording ‘Earth Sounds’ on Earth Day………’