Central Research Questions

How can interdisciplinary research that joins expertise from cultural history with marine biology, deepen knowledge of the heritage of European coastal and maritime regions via a focus on this particular stretch of coastline along the Roaring Water Bay in south-west Cork?

What can literary, cultural and visual representations of this coastline tell us about the origins of environmentalism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?

How can the interests and knowledge of diverse audiences – cultural historians, environmental scientists, community stakeholders, tourists – be related and integrated so as to influence the health and sustainability of maritime areas?

What questions emerge from eighteenth and nineteenth century representations of coastal environments and how can these questions inform contemporary environmental priorities?