Safeguarding heritage for Sustainable Development in coastal sites,
Fishing and Farming in the Desert

The role of intangible cultural heritage through history in the development of coastal communities
(Tanzania and Scotland with additional scoping activities in Peru)

This study will contribute to an understanding of Maritime Cultural Heritage assets particularly local songs found within maritime communities. Songs and meanings between different fishing villages will be compared to ascertain their relationships and ways of preserving this type of heritage; and therefore, add materials to the existing documents on Maritime Cultural Heritage and ethno-musicology. Furthermore, the study will awaken heritage scholars, researchers and heritage practitioners to think beyond tangible aspects like monuments and ruins and therefore, encompass the intangible environments, particularly in maritime heritage which is commonly much neglected. Further, the topic will raise awareness on gender and inter-generational issues. This will complement ongoing research by GCRF funded activities in Peru with a focus on historical impacts of El Niño. The cultural findings generated will feed into the final report and help address the feedback from the AHRC panel about ensuring that the historical and cultural dimensions of the project are fully explored

Project Aim

To tackle a single, fundamental question: How can traditional music be used as a vehicle to promote and preserve cultural heritage when traditional music is mixed with contemporary popular music?

Project Objectives

The main questions that the project looks to answer are:


What are the characteristics of the coastal and fishing music tradition in Peru


Does El Niño figure in this music?


What potential does intangible heritage around music hold for empowerment within marginalised fishing communities

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