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.

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Great session today, presenting the numerous cultural heritage projects of @rftdnetwork in Mozambique.
Thanks! https://twitter.com/rftdnetwork/status/1389851202687488000

Or stream the event live on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKH2Y-zAzlo @ahrcpress @GCRF

Five minute warning! Join the Eduardo Mondlane event following this link: https://risingfromthedepths.com/news/emu-africanheritageday/

Tomorrow, 5 May, at 9am BST or 10am Central African Time, join Eduardo Mondlane University to celebrate African Heritage Day! With talks from Rising from the Depths collaborators. More info here: https://risingfromthedepths.com/news/emu-africanheritageday/ @GCRF @ahrcpress

From 27-28 May 2021, the University of Dar es Salama (@udsm_alumni) showcased research projects conducted for the 2019/2020 academic year. W’ve showcased #bahariyetuurithiwetu and #citizenscienceTanzania projects @dickybates2 @Friday_Face @rftdnetwork @BritishArts @GCRFstandrews


@rftdnetwork @PericlesProject @MarSocSci @RGSCoastal Have you submitted your abstract to our special session on #Coastal #marine #heritage #adaptation at @ECSAssociation Conference? Deadline tomorrow 9 Apr! https://twitter.com/Geography_BU/status/1377248835949502470

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.