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The University of Southampton
Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Marine Life Talk at the National Oceanography Centre Seminar

19:15 - 20:30
3 October 2013
National Oceanography Centre University of Southampton Waterfront Campus European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH - Reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Southampton's Town Quay and Ocean Village). - Free admission – these talks are open to the public - Arrangements for wheelchairs must be made in advance. Unless it is possible to descend via the stairs in an emergency, access to upper floors cannot be permitted as lifts are automatically immobilised when the fire alarm is activated. - The Marine Life Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, please arrive at 7.15pm.

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone National Oceanography Centre on +44 (0)23 8059 6666 .

Event details

Shipwrecks: The English Climate and the English Landscape.

Abandoned on the Kentish Marshes in 1921
Remains of U-boat

Climate change and recycling are nothing new, and both played their part in destroying ships and revealing or preserving their remains in unexpected locations.

The perennial topic of the English climate has had its impact on our maritime nation, with regular extreme weather events causing shipwrecks in sometimes surprising ways.

The English landscape also created and destroyed ships in both the sail and steam eras, influencing how ships were built, their manner of loss, and the ways in which they returned to the inshore landscape.

Image: Remains of U-boat abandoned on the Kentish marshes, after being stripped and partially broken up in 1921 following surrender. She seems to have formed the nucleus of a hulk assemblage in subsequent years, of which only one other wreck is now visible, thought to be the barge "Swale". (27196/27 19-AUG-2011, (c) English Heritage)
Recordings of previous Marine Life Talks can be found on:

Speaker information

Serena Cant, English Heritage. Serena Cant is the maritime data specialist in the Heritage Data Management department, English Heritage. An art historian by background, she began her career as an archivist with the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (RCHME), followed by a supposedly temporary move to the RCHME's maritime team 17 years ago, which has developed into her current role today at English Heritage. She is responsible for editing and updating a huge database of over 37,000 wrecks, both documented wreck events and archaeological remains, with a particular expertise in assessing and interpreting documentary evidence.

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