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


#Bahariyetuurithiwetu is nearly completing #documenting #Ngalawa #building. A #new Ngalawa has now #landed on the #beach to make part of #Bagamoyo #coastalhistory. Thanks to ⁦@rftdnetwork⁩ ⁦@Friday_Face ⁦@sotonarch⁩ ⁦@DrJonCHenderson⁩ ⁦⁦@IchumbakiE⁩

We have instagram! If you are on instagram and want to see some amazing pictures from our projects then make sure to follow @rftdnetwork https://t.co/2P4Yly61iA

@rftdnetwork @wiomsa Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships for students from Commonwealth countries to study a Master’s degree at 16 universities in low or middle-income Commonwealth countries. Applications close at 4pm UCT on 15-Jan-20. https://t.co/6cYkCbIWwS

It's #ThrowbackThursday so why not check out our PhD blogs from their summer fieldwork: https://t.co/YlZ4QOvmTt @GCRF @RoehamptonUni @UoNHumanities @Geography_BU

A great example of community led environmental conservation being led by one of our partners @KmfriResearch https://t.co/R1GhQObJXZ

We've had some great new images in from @mcbita1 on the MUCH to Discover project, check them out on the image gallery on his site: https://t.co/vsrzqyR5jR @UlsterUniGES @GCRF