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


New partnerships being formed alongside the MUCH to Discover in Mida Creek project!

Palm, Sand and Fish at @The_BIEA have been collecting some beautiful artistic impressions of the potting and thatching industry, you can view them on their web page: https://t.co/bw8sz2iuxX @FredaNkirote1 @ahrcpress #GCRF


@rftdnetwork Are you writing a proposal for the @wiomsa @Cities_n_Coasts call? I would love to join efforts to reduce #coastal #vulnerability through #planning and #management in #EastAfrica https://t.co/77EaY6di4K

@rftdnetwork Are you a involved in coastal management, planning or research in Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Africa and Mauritius? Apply before 25 Jan to attend this funded workshop on climate change adaptation in Cape Town 24-27 Feb. https://t.co/xFvQUuCLVY

Our @rftdnetwork MUCH project at #MidaCreek was busy over the festive period introducing many new visitors to marine cultural heritage in our newly completed boats. Busy community volunteers are finding new ways to stimulate local growth @GCRF @ahrcpress @mcbita1

JOIN OUR TEAM. We’re looking for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to produce a report that synthesises key research findings from Changing the Story and @BritishCouncil portfolio of work and more. DEADLINE FRIDAY 17 JANUARY 2020.