Livelihoods, Craft and Heritage

Tim’s thesis Livelihoods, Craft and Heritage: Transmissions of Knowledge in Cornish Fishing Villages, funded by the ESRC, was based on field research among fishing communities in West Penwith and the Lizard, Cornwall. It explored how these communities had changed over time, from their medieval origins to the present day; how their history could be traced in the land and seascapes in which they are embedded; the role of cultural heritage (whether fishing and maritime skills, material culture, art or memory) in the maintenance of a dynamic community, sense of place and the sustainability of livelihoods. Tim developed a historical ethnographic methodology which included archival research with historical records, newspapers, maps and photography collections; interviews to gather oral and life histories; participant observation on land and sea, including learning to sail a hundred and fifty year old lugger. He shared his research at international conferences and seminars and published in an influential edited collection on sustainability in marine fisheries.

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