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Perceptions of the sea in Morecambe and beyond

Environment Themed Image of Morecambe bay and landscape

What’s on offer?

How do you relate to the sea? Is there a maritime dimension to your identity? How and why does the sea matter to you? These are some of the questions we will explore together.

This online public talk will provide you with an opportunity to engage with questions related to people’s awareness of the marine environment and their perceptions of the sea. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your relationship with the sea. We will lead the audience in exploring the importance of the sea for Morecambe Bay and similar areas. We are looking forward to meeting you and engaging in discussions about your perceptions of the sea. 

What’s it about?

The sea has traditionally been represented as beautiful, powerful and inspiring but also dangerous and empty; a space we transit through (or we look at in awe) but not a place where we live. Some people relate to the sea whilst it is almost non-existent for others. You might consider that the sea forms part of your identity or you may feel disconnected from it.

This talk is informed by a photo exhibition on the topic of the sea and peoples perceptions that is running for six weeks at Morecambe Heritage Centre from September through to November, during which visitors will be invited to reflect on the photographs displayed. See further details on the exhibition event page. Having visited the exhibition is not a prerequisite, with the photographs available online (see resources) and the talk is relevant to anyone, not just those living in Morecambe.

The Programme as follows:

  • Introduction: The sea as a place - How is the sea represented and perceived? By Basil Germond, Lancaster University and Celine Germond-Duret, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Perception of the Sea in Morecambe - Insights from a photo exhibition organised at Morecambe Heritage Centre, during which visitors were invited to reflect on the photographs displayed.
  • Ocean literacy and DEFRA’s survey on people’s awareness of the sea By Emma McKinley, Cardiff University
  • “The Bay”: A blueprint for recovery By Gabriella Gilkes, Eden Project North
  • Public voice: what do you think?
  • Conclusion - How do we relate to the sea? And why does it matter?

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Basil Germond, Lancaster University and Dr Celine Germond-Duret, Liverpool John Moores University

Open to

This event is open to everyone

Of particular interest to

Everyone is welcome. Most relevant for 16 years and above. Of interest to everyone interested in the sea and in the sea-society


View the exhibition photographs on these slides

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