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Managing historic marine infrastructure: A conservators view.

Wyatt, Hilary and Prizeman, Oriel 2018. Managing historic marine infrastructure: A conservators view. In: Burgess, Kevin ed. Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2017, ICE Coasts, Maritime Structures and Breakwaters, London: Institution of Civil Engineers, pp. 535-541. (10.1680/cmsb.63174.0535)

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Abstract

In the winter of 2013-14, an unusually severe series of Atlantic storms coincided with high Spring tides that combined to produce storm surges which inundated sheltered deep-water ports such as Plymouth and Cork, and caused critical damage to several small-scale historic Cornish harbours; whilst many are now only in marginal use, these sites continue to occupy an important and historically significant place in the extended maritime setting. Although the storms were of unusual severity, the damage sustained exposed the increasing vulnerability of historic minor harbours to environmental change, and highlighted the wider question of their sustainability in the longer term. In 2015, research into subsequent repair strategies implemented at a number of Cornish sites revealed a highly sectoral approach with low levels of participation from the conservation sector, and a lack of specialist guidance. Inter-alia, it also raised wider questions about the limitations of existing conservation practice and the adequacy of the current heritage protection framework, particularly where partial or total loss of heritage assets is likely [Wyatt 2016]. This paper presents a summary of the challenges facing conservators in dealing with this specialised area, which remains largely unexplored by the conservation sector.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
T Technology > TH Building construction
V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
Publisher: Institution of Civil Engineers
ISBN: 9780727763174
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 November 2019
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2020 15:07
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/127232

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