The fieldwork for the Connected with the Clyde project is now complete and the project team are working hard to finish the report that will help to inform future research projects. As you may remember, the project was designed to review the RCAHMS historic environment records of remains ‘connected’ with the Clyde, between Watermeetings and Helensburgh/Greenock.
Here is a sneak peak at the results from the project. The data from our office research pointed to there being 357 Canmore records that were ‘connected’ with the river and of those records the following items were considered through data analysis:
• 14 required their grid references changing
• 9 required Canmore Classification changes
• 238 had suitable site descriptions
• 307 included Collections items
• 88 required field visits
• 193 required some form of adjustment
And of the 193 that required some form of adjustment, the following outlines the specific needs:
• 97 required site descriptions
• 26 required their site descriptions updating
• 8 required their photographic record to be updated
• 1 required the Collections items to be updated
• 24 required a photographic record
So after 24 fieldwork team days, between November 2015 and May 2015, we have a much better understanding of this historic environment dataset. During the fieldwork we recorded over 150 new sites and once edited and archived there will be enhanced site records, with over 300 new photographs.
Finally, the results from the project are being analysed and a number of recommendations for future projects are bubbling up to the surface. These will be published in the forthcoming project report. One such example is the range of crossings that survive along the river, from rural fords to urban bridges and maritime ferry routes. Together these include a suite of historic and contemporary structures, which comprise fascinating archaeological remains, strong architectural influences and complex socio-cultural stories of past, present and future lives. We can’t wait to get started on ‘Connected with the Clyde’ phase 2 projects!
Dr Alex Hale