Rising from the Depths

Utilising Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa
to help develop sustainable social, economic and
 cultural benefits

The Rising from the Depths network is funded for four years, 2017-21, by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) through the Arts and Humanities Research Council Network Plus scheme.

Innovation Projects

As part of the Network funding, we have £800,000 to fund a range of Innovation Projects.  These projects will fill the knowledge gaps that currently limit the way Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) contributes to social, cultural and economic sustainable growth in Eastern Africa.


Rising from the Depths aims to identify how the tangible submerged and coastal Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) of Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar, and its associated intangible aspects can stimulate ethical, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the region, of benefit not only to building social cohesion and reducing poverty in individual states, but also in enhancing the value and impact of overseas aid in the maritime sector.

Maritime East Africa

The full potential and importance East African maritime heritage has not yet been realised. Critically, it is under threat from natural forces and climate driven coastal change as well as intensification in coastal and offshore development.


Rising from the Depths is a joint initiative led by the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with the Universities of Roehampton, York, Ulster, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Uppsala (Sweden), and Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique). We also have a wide range of international and in-region partners.

Latest Updates from Twitter


Aqui temos as suas contribuições de fotos para #CoastSnapTofo recebidas até agora em #Tofo. Que praia linda, cheia de mudanças! Continue enviando as suas fotos 😉
Here we have your photo contributions for #CoastSnapTofo so far in #Tofo.
Keep sending us your photos! @rftdnetwork

Thanks to everyone who came to the #bahariyetuurithiwetu exhibition! I loved engaging with and learning from attendees ranging from fishermen (with fish in tow) to a university Vice Chancellor. The exhibition will be at @Archaeo_UDSM next!

@sotonarch @ExeterIAIS @rftdnetwork


Very exited to work with Dr. Lucy Blue and ⁦@Makanani_b⁩ both from ⁦@sotonarch⁩. Their roles in #preparing & #mounting #exhibitions for #Bahariyetuurithiwetu project in #Bagamoyo is priceless, so too are ⁦@IchumbakiE⁩ , ⁦@Friday_Face⁩ ⁦@rftdnetwork⁩


Preparations are intensifying for the #bahariyetuurithiwetu exhibition, celebrating the maritime heritage of #Bagamoyo, 7-9 March in the BOMA, Bagamoyo...@ExeterIAIS @rftdnetwork @sotonarch @urithiwetutz @ArcheoUDSM.

Upcoming conference on Coastal Hazards in Africa, see more information below! @ahrcpress @GCRF

Reharbouring Heritage is holding a seminar on 25 March to present the findings of their project, find out more here: https://t.co/noqsYpdwZP @danceprof1 @RoehamptonUni @ahrcpress @GCRF