CITIZAN wreck on the beach at Dymchurch, Kent (c) Julian Robus


Project partner: 
Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust, The Crown Estate, Council for British Archaeology, Nautical Archaeology Society

Significant archaeological sites along our sinuous coast and on the foreshores of our tidal estuaries are continually eroded by winds, waves and tidal scour. Much of our island's history is simply being washed away.

Support CITiZAN and help to protect the heritage of our fragile coastline.

CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) is the first systematic national response to this threat. The project focuses on nationally important, exposed archaeological sites: the remains of prehistoric forests, Roman buildings, ancient salt-working sites, lost medieval ports, fishing settlements, coastal defences from both World Wars and countless abandoned boats, barges and ships. The CITiZAN project delivers community-based training to create an infrastructure and network of volunteers with the skills and systems to be able to record, monitor and celebrate the highly significant, but fragile and threatened archaeological sites.

The project will develop a standardised survey, monitoring and web-based recording system and deliver a national training programme to participants through three regional centres, in London with project lead MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), in York with partner organisation the Council for British Archaeology and in Portsmouth with the Nautical Archaeology Society. A national network will be established to monitor, record, and interpret coastal and intertidal sites, and actively engage CITiZAN volunteers through our interactive website and outreach programme.

CITiZAN has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, coupled with matched funding from The Crown Estate Marine Stewardship Fund and National Trust, enabling our community archaeologists to deliver the three-year community programme.

CITiZAN will be recruiting volunteers from summer 2015. For more information please take a look at our CITiZAN project summary (download) or contact us at

Follow the project on Twitter @CITiZAN1 and on Flickr.

(last updated 26.11.14)