Date(s) - 08/03/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St Martins Church Hall
Charlie Johns and Fiona Fleming, Archaeology Projects Officers, CAU
The Cornish Ports and Harbours Project 2013-2017; assessing heritage significance, threats, protection and opportunities – illustrated by case studies of Fowey and Charlestown.
Ports and harbours make a major contribution to local character and distinctiveness, forming significant landscape features and reflecting the varied history, use and development of maritime settlements, their hinterlands and the sea. As many ports and harbours are still in active use and so continue to develop and require maintenance in the face of natural and anthropogenic forces for change, they form an especially dynamic part of the coastal historic environment resource.
The Cornish Ports and Harbours Project, commissioned by Historic England and carried out by Cornwall Archaeological Unit, aimed to establish effective methodologies for assessing the fabric, significance and character of English ports and harbours by using a study of those in Cornwall and Scilly as a pilot. It involved a rapid assessment of the forces for change affecting the ports and harbours and their vulnerability or capability to benefit from change, classification according to a range of variables, including topography, scale, key components and current activity levels, followed by 15 individual port/harbour studies. Outcomes of the project included the 15 individual reports, a final overview report, a Historic Environment Action Plan (HEAP) for Cornish and Scillonian ports and harbours, and a list of candidate sites for designation.