Coastal Heritage Risk – Imagery in Support of Heritage Management

Welcome to the CHeRISH Project site!

In January 2016 Historic England commissioned Coastal & Geotechnical Services to undertake the ‘CHeRISH’ study, which illustrates how historical images (landscape paintings, watercolours, prints, old photographs and postcards), dating from the late eighteenth century can support the understanding and management of risks to heritage sites located along the coastlines of south-west England (Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset).

Linking closely with the Historic Environment Records (HERs), Rapid Coastal Zone Assessments (RCZAS) and the Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) in the south-west the CHeRISH study takes advantage of a wealth of currently unused or under-used images contained in public and private collections to provide better information on the rate, scale and potential impacts of coastal change (erosion, landslides and flooding) on heritage sites along these shorelines and cliff tops.  

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