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.

The Rising from the Depths Network is working in consultation with our Innovation Project teams to establish and manage the effects of Covid-19 on the Network. If your work in relation to Rising from the Depths has been affected, please email risingfromthedepths@nottingham.ac.uk or use our contact us page.

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


Nothing to do at 17.30 GMT tomorrow? Come to my free online seminar '#Heritage and Global Challenges: how #Archaeology can save the World' @HCAatEdinburgh Details in the poster below or follow this link to attend https://t.co/0rvgWrtNQa #GCRF @DecadeHeritage

If you missed our webinar on #OffshoreWind and the #HistoricEnvironment and #ClimateChange with @PhoebeRonn & Dr Michael Grant from @unisouthampton this afternoon watch it here:


The fantastic @rftdnetwork project MUCH to discover in Mida Creek https://t.co/vsrzqyR5jR featured on the #Kenyan national news @ahrcpress @GCRF @africanstudies https://t.co/VA2WPgWcBw

On #WorldFisheriesDay, we recognize the struggle of the small scale fisheries and the role fishing communities in providing food and livelihoods to millions of people in #Somalia and around the world.

Fruitful Friday:) @EEmcod team met the chairman of fisheries association of The coastal town of Eyl. The focus was the development of the fisheries and coastal communities. The community are willing to cooperate with EMCOD.


Read @Marlanmaritime MoBeCo project guest blog on #coastal monitoring in #Mozambique. https://t.co/7gOLFVv4ju