Latest Blog entries

We encourage everyone involved in the CITiZAN project to contribute to our blog. Whether you're on site monitoring, in a library researching, or conducting oral history projects, we want to hear from you! To submit an article please email your regional CITiZAN Community Archaeologist with your text and up to five images.

Dunkirk 'Little Ships' & the Thames Barge

26/05/2020   |   Gustav Milne

The Thames sailing barge (TSB) with its readily identifiable sprit-sail rig was a great work horse of Thames-Medway and East coast ports in the pre-war days. It's recorded that sixteen Thames Sailing Barges set out to do their bit in the summer of 1940 as part of Operation Dynamo.

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Operation Dynamo 80th anniversary

24/05/2020   |   Gustav Milne

Thames Barges & the Dunkirk Little Ships in Operation Dynamo

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Work horse of the Mersey

20/05/2020   |   Andy Sherman

Before the coming of the railways if you wanted to quickly and easily move large amounts of cargo you needed sail power. Whether that was shipping goods inland from an international port or moving products to a seaport for overseas sale. On the Mersey that sail power was provided my a Mersey Flat, a barge which evolved to deal with the specific conditions of working on the river.

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A Timeline to Pass the Time

18/05/2020   |   Danielle Newman

In celebration of International Museum Day, we look back at our collaborations with Mersea Museum over the last few years and announce a brand new project for volunteers!

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Britain at Low Tide revisited

14/05/2020   |   Oliver Hutchinson

Britain at Low Tide (BaLT) regularly reached audiences of over a million people, demonstrating that foreshore archaeology and the stories it reveals about our island history are fascinating to the British public. Six months since the last episode aired (and the public was left high and dry for its intertidal archaeology fix), we are getting back in touch with the team to revisit some highlights.

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