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Put Coastal Heritage on the map 21 May 2020

PERICLES is putting Northern Ireland’s coastal heritage on the map

 

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Queen’s University Belfast continue to highlight Northern Ireland’s unique seascapes and historically rich coastlines through the PERICLES coastal and maritime heritage project.

Preserving and Sustainably Governing Cultural Heritage and Landscapes in European Coastal and Maritime Regions (PERICLES) is an EU–funded research and innovation project. The overall aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive framework to understand, preserve and make use of our maritime heritage for societal good. 

At the heart of PERICLES is a new online mapping portal to map the tangible and intangible heritage of Europe’s coastal regions and seas. As well as being a catalogue of our coastal and maritime cultural heritage assets, the portal will have many practical applications, including identifying heritage at risk, helping to integrate heritage into marine plans, and as a trigger for identifying different heritage narratives and values. 

Launching the portal as a wide–scale citizen science venture, the PERICLES team hope to uncover hidden heritage and capture heritage values that haven’t been widely documented before. In this way, the future of Northern Ireland’s coastal and maritime heritage can be informed by the needs and values of those to whom the heritage ultimately belongs.

Contributions to the map are invited from the public, other stakeholders and any interested parties. To access the portal and map your heritage, simply go to https://mapyourheritage.eu, select the Scotland–Ireland region and click on ‘Add Your Data’ from the options on the panel on the right of the screen. The PERICLES team at Queen’s University Belfast would also be interested to hear from any groups wishing to collaborate with them using the portal, or who can help promote it anywhere in Northern Ireland.

For more information about the project and the portal please visit the website www.pericles-heritage.eu or contact Dr Laura Ferguson (L.Ferguson@qub.ac.uk).