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.

Latest Updates from Twitter


Mida MUCH Project was visited by the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Hon, Najib Balala on 13/2/2021. The Minister Planted 1000 mangroves and promised his Ministry support for the Bidii na Kazi women Group tourism investments. @GCRF @ahrcpress @rftdnetwork @UlsterUniGES


The MUCH to Discover project continues to deliver amazing impact- congratulations @mcbita1!
https://risingfromthedepths.com/much/ @ahrcpress @GCRF @UlsterUniGES

Interesting upcoming free seminar series looking at Climate, International Law and Human Rights!

Alert: Deadline is tomorrow (11 Feb) for African colleagues to make an expression of interest to participate in the #CVIAfrica project looking at values-based climate change vulnerability assessment methodologies for African heritage sites. #ClimateHeritage https://twitter.com/unescoghnatcom/status/1359405837106692102

Rising from the Depths #maritime #heritage project 'Bahari Yetu' #Tanzania gets a mention on the @UnescoEast website @Maraakib @IchumbakiE @ExeterMarine https://bit.ly/3p94R1r

Fantastic opportunity for #African heritage professionals to be trained in assessing the #climate vulnerability of heritage sites. Part of the #CVIAfrica project INTO is partner to, deadline for participants is 11 Feb. Apply here: http://bit.ly/3iSAbjF

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.