Free exhibition will give insight into archaeology of Medmerry

THE Environment Agency (EA) and the RSPB will be hosting a free exhibition this summer to highlight how the flood management scheme at Medmerry is progressing and to give an insight into the important archaeology that has been found.

Everyone is invited to attend the exhibition which runs from this Sunday (August 5), from 10am-4pm each day, for a period of six weeks at the RSPB’s Pagham Harbour visitor centre at Selsey Road, Sidlesham.

Visitors will find out how construction work on the largest managed realignment scheme on the English open coast has unearthed some buried treasures and rare historical finds from the last 6,000 years.

Andrew Gilham, EA flood and coastal risk manager, said: “The free exhibition tells the story of our work to protect this vulnerable stretch of West Sussex coastline.

“Input from the community has been invaluable in shaping the way in which the project is being delivered as well as their enthusiasm on the added environmental benefits it will bring to the area.”

In excavating the clay soil onsite to build huge flood banks, many important archaeological finds at Medmerry, located between Bracklesham and Selsey, were discovered. These include five giant granite boulders (known as erratics) which would have been deposited during the last Ice Age. There have also been significant finds of pottery and evidence of settlements from the Bronze Age and further human evidence the Neolithic and Medieval periods.

At the exhibition the EA will also explain how when the project is complete in Spring 2013 around 300 households along this stretch of West Sussex coastline, in addition to the water treatment works and the only road in and out of Selsey, will have improved flood protection.

There will be pictorial displays and video screens highlighting how the ambitious £15m coastal management project has developed.