Searching Mersea is a response to the rapid and ongoing coastal change on Mersea Island which continues to transform parts of the islands’ coast line.

One result of this change is that many places have been lost, as great swathes of marshland, creeks and wildlife have been scoured from the shore. On the other hand though, many places have been found as the mud is stripped away to reveal a rich mosaic of archaeology and ancient remains, spanning thousands of years.

Searching Mersea invites you to explore this mosaic through objects, memories and stories told by people who have interacted with the foreshore. Many of these people have seen the change firsthand and found the remains of lost worlds as the foreshore is peeled away.

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Searching Mersea was supported by CITiZAN who run the Mersea Island Discovery Programme. The programme explores the rich multi-period remains exposed on the island’s all too rapidly eroding shoreline. Our community groups are recording a range of exposed features, including prehistoric trackways, red-hills from the salt-making industry and Saxon fish traps. 

Head to www.citizan.org.uk for more information.

‘CITiZAN is a MOLA project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as well as the Lloyd’s Register Foundation,  Historic England and the National Trust, with further support from  The Crown Estate. Project partners are the Council for British Archaeology and the Nautical Archaeology Society.’

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