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Geography and Environmental Science

BBC programme highlighting Dunwich research to be aired 2 January

Published: 20 December 2011

Professor David Sear will be featured on Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo talking about his research on the medieval port of Dunwich which was destroyed by coastal erosion.

Dunwich declined from major international seaport to a small village, which with the coming of the railways in the 1840's attracted artists and poets, lured by the romance of the story.
Today, research led by prof David Sear, is laying bare the facts about the destruction of the medieval port.
In his Journeys around Britain by railway, Michael Portillo follows in the footsteps of the Victorians and visits Dunwich to witness first-hand the attraction of the place, but also to find out how the research is helping us understand more about the kinds of coastal processes which can destroy whole towns, and the archaeological heritage this leaves us with, and which is attracting a new generation of visitors to the site.

The programme is due to be aired on 2 January at 18.30 on BBC2.

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