SeaScape Project:

Seascapes Over Time

Project: Hartlepool Lights

Project Lead: Hartlepool Borough Council 

A conservation project undertaking works to protect some of the most vulnerable heritage sites in the project area; to restore the two 19th Century Navigation Markers, Seaton High Light and Beacon Tower located in Hartlepool.

This project will help to protect and conserve these features by taking the condition surveys on Beacon Tower and Seaton High Light a stage further, undertaking conservation work during the delivery phase.

  • 2 heritage features conserved;

  • 1 celebratory event/open day to local people, schools and visitors (linked with Events, Engage Activity Project);

  • Assessment of the features significance to assist future management

  • Undertake conservation works to both structures;

  • Production of a single report combining all elements;

  • 2 local schools engaged in workshops working towards SeaScapes School award

Project: Coast at War

Project Lead: Hartlepool BC

This project we will provide opportunities for local people and visitors to develop skills and appreciation for the history of this coast at war and raise awareness of the importance of the seascape’s shared wartime heritage. Looking at defence structures and coastal bombardments, through community recording and excavation, we will build links to the past and bring together different generations to share an appreciation in local history while gaining skills.

  • Volunteer training events
  • 8 community heritage projects including 1 community excavation project.
  • Research material to inform SeaScapes interpretation for local community and visitors
  • 8 Mobile exhibitions created related to community heritage research outputs.
  • All finds will be examined, recorded and entered into the relevant HER
  • 12 local schools engaged in workshops working towards SeaScapes School award

Project: Sea to Shore: Exploring the sounds of the past through the community voices.

Project Lead: Living History North East

A high-quality educational, informative oral history and digital project that will explore the sounds of the past through community voices.

Volunteers will be recruited from within the SeaScapes area to be intergenerational ambassadors for this project and will receive training so that they have the skills required to help deliver intergenerational workshops. Examining the influences of the sea and shore on individual and community identity and how that has developed and changed.

Using soundscapes to develop the community’s understanding of the relationship of individuals and communities on shore, to the sea.

The project will provide an important engagement tool, particularly to those with disabilities including sensory impairments. It will also provide an alternative format to the usual, visual interpretation materials which are often widely used and assist in provision of a ‘virtual coastal experience’.

  • 60 intergenerational ambassadors will be trained to carry out oral history interviews.
  • Intergeneration workshops delivered in 8 primary schools across the Scheme area
  • Engaging between 180 -250 children.
  • Creation of high-quality digital information that will drawing an audience from beyond the locality as well as resonate with local people.
  • Creation of a new collection of oral histories (sounds and the chance to listen deeply and experience the sounds of the past

Project: Sea to Shore: Discover, record and share the sounds of the sea and coast

Project Lead: Seascapes Delivery Team

To reach beyond our usual audiences and inform people in a simple and thought-provoking way.

The project will provide an important engagement tool, particularly to those with disabilities including sensory impairments. It will also provide an alternative format to the usual, visual interpretation materials which are often widely used and assist in provision of a ‘virtual coastal experience’.

Using GIS and crowdsourcing to create an acoustic map

  • Creation of a new collection of high-quality soundscapes to assist in the provision of a ‘virtual coastal experience’.
  • Creation of a digital app to record – crowdsourcing aim at a large-scale sampling of
  • Creation of an acoustic map of seascapes past and present.
  • Creation of a new collection of oral histories (sounds and the chance to listen deeply and experience the sounds of the past

Project: Changing Coastline

Project Lead: Hartlepool BC

This project proposed to explore the story of the Tyne to Tees seascape from prehistory to present day, exploring its role in transport, industry, war, tourism and the movement of people ideas and religion using art and digital animation.

Local people will be introduced to the range of sources that are available for them to find out about their local heritage. They will be shown how to use and interpret this information and to use a range of heritage investigation and recording activities to complement documentary and map information. The project will provide a wide range of seascape related learning opportunities, for primary and secondary schools


  • Volunteer training events
  • 8 community heritage projects
  • Research material to inform SeaScapes interpretation for local community and visitors
  • Digital information
  • Local schools engaged

Project: Red Acre Point

Project Lead: Seaham Marina CIC

A project undertaking restorative works to Red Acre Point, to make this area more accessible to the public once more and take advantage of the extensive coast and marine panorama. Combined with interpretation of how the Marina has changed over time, this project will reconnect community to its maritime heritage

  • Conservation area will be enhanced.

  • Enhancements to the public realm at Red Acre Point. 

  • Interpretation for local community and visitors

  • Safe access and creation of a viewing area at Red Acre Point, will help to reconnect community and visitors to the wider seascape and its heritage.

Project: Reading the Rocks

Project Lead: Durham University

This project will involve the interpretation of its geology through a range of media and engagement with schools and the wider public; to tell the story of the physical seascape over time from Permian reefs to the eroding coast we live with today and increase appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of the habitat.

The story will also be told through digital animation, events and themed guided walks.

  • 12 Expert-led walks tours per year (Professional to wider SeaScapes Partnership & Public)

  • Digital interpretation

  • Creation of Virtual field work routes along the SeaScapes area to be shared online.

  • 4 Expert-led talks

Other Projects

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