Tides of Tendring Project Brief
The Friends of Jaywick Martello Tower have received £10,000 of funding from HLF and are hoping to raise awareness of the dangers of flooding in Tendring by researching the history of flooding in the area and promoting through a final exhibition and events the need to be prepared for floods. It looks to explore the resilience and growth of an area affected by historical flooding.
The Tendring community is aware of the devastation that the 1953 flood caused, however, over the years people have started to become complacent about the dangers of flooding due to the more recent flood threats in modern memory not reaching expectations. Jaywick Sands has the second best sea defences in England; the reason for this is because of its long history of flooding. The 1953 floods are heavily associated with the Tendring area however many people do not realise that the flood issues predates it with floods in the 1940s, 1930s and reaching as far back as Anglo Saxon times. The Strategic Flood Risk Assessment by Tendring District Council documents flood issues in Tendring through tidal surges from 1392 onwards. These risks have affected the growth of the area, as it influences planning permission, investment, farming and other industries. It will continue to effect the future of Tendring.
The project will use the book Treacherous Tides by local historian Phillis Hendry as a starting point. This book published in 2007 is now out of print and we want to build upon this foundation of research and make it more publically accessible. The Friends wish to research the history of floods from Anglo Saxon times through to the modern day which will include recording oral history of the evacuation of the town in December 2014 and February 2017 when the threat of flooding returned once again. Document how it has changed the coastal landscape and community as well as raise awareness of the effect of flooding.
The overall aim of the project is to collaborate with key partners and the community in order to research the history of flooding in the area, document how it has changed the landscape and inhabitancies both human and wildlife and in turn raise awareness of the effect of flooding through participatory events, an exhibition and online resources. The project will create a sense of awareness for local people and acknowledge the remarkable resilience of a unique area.
Tides of Tendring Volunteer Brief
The Friends of Jaywick Martello Tower are looking for volunteer researchers to help on a new exciting project, ‘Tides of Tendring’.
The work will entail working with residents across Tendring and various museums and archives to research hidden stories of people on the county’s changing coastline and the historic threat of flooding.
Some travel may be required (travel expenses will be paid) and some experience of historic research would be helpful but not essential as training will be provided.
Research period will be October 2018 – January 2019 with possible opportunities to be involved beyond this time period.
If you’d like to be involved in the project please contact the Friends of Jaywick Martello Tower
Tel: 01255 822783
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