Coastal Industries: working lives

Recording a fish trap on the Isle of Wight
Recording a fish trap on the Isle of Wight

Much of the coast was once a hive of industry, with activities such as shipbuilding and repair yards. Many of our tidal estuaries also have evidence of wooden or stone fish traps, and extensive sea-salt production sites, some extending from the Iron Age to the medieval period or later. Such features were built to function when tidal heights and tidal range were markedly different to today’s values and thus tell us about changing sea levels as well as lost industries.