On the 28 February 2019 Mellor Archaeological Trust (MAT) ran the first of the UK STORM emergency drill testing the STORM dashboard and response application. A sudden-onset hazard scenario was tested. This took as its premise a severe weather event: Intense Rainfall which could lead to flooding at the Mill site.
The Eye of the STORM
1-day cultural heritage and climate change seminar
On 11 December 2018 Mellor Archaeological Trust and the University of Salford hosted an admission-free seminar at the Mellor Parish Centre, close to the Mellor pilot site. The seminar focussed on the issue of climate change effects on cultural heritage in the UK and beyond. The seminar was attended by over 40 guests including STORM partners, other local and national CH projects and the general public.
Speakers from STORM, including Rosmarie De Wit, Filipa Neto, Mike Nevell, Bob Humphrey-Taylor and Robert Williamson who discussed the impact of climate change on the North-West England region, the Mellor pilot site, and protection of Cultural heritage across the UK and Europe from hazards. This combination of talks highlighted the importance of the STORM project to the UK cultural heritage perspective.
An acronym was originally just the initial letters of an institution or a project, used as a shorthand by people involved. However, the modern trend is for governmental agencies to think of the acronym first and then find a mission statement that can fit (or sort of fit).
STORM is the contrived acronym for an EU programme designed to assess the impact of climate change on archaeological sites. The full title is...
12.30 on Sunday 2nd December 2018 at Roman Lakes Tea Rooms
‘Their Christmas starts here’ to paraphrase the clarion call of ‘Ready –Steady Go’, ‘The weekend starts here'. That Friday evening programme that must have been essential viewing for many of the day’s diners, when they were nowt but lads and lasses, the sallow youths of many a year ago.
But as well as play this weekend, work had to done. Work in ‘manning’ the MAT stall at Saturday’s Winter Wonderland in Marple Bridge, led by Bob & Hilary Humphrey – Taylor. The Trust’s Gazebo sat midst Morris Men, the Manchester rock Choir and a host of entertainers both those young and those not so young.
Once again, for the Trust’s Christmas meal, the Sewart family, along with their staff at the Roman Lakes came up trumps, on Sunday 3rd December. They enabled the 75 or so of Trust Friends, with their partners and friends, to luxuriate in an afternoon of fine food and the warmth of very special hospitality.
(Left: Ann, Anne and a raffle)
Trooping in, being ticked off the list of 'covers’, buying raffle tickets, we sat at the seasonally decorated tables. But before that, a chance to enjoy mood setting mulled wine, served on arrival, to view the raffle table groaning under the weight of prizes, and the warmth of the wood burning stove. Eventually sitting, before us lay the forks, knives, glasses and crackers ready for use. The hubbub of conversation grew, plans for Christmas extolled, the advantage of forward planning discussed, and the consequences of that unexpected Christmas Eve phone call remembered.
Brimming after two sumptuous courses, the party settled back in their chairs. The time had arrived for the afternoon’s entertainment in the capable hand of the Barleys. First Meg Barley gave us a solo unaccompanied rendition of 'A Little Old Schoolhose Down a Counrty Lane', made famous by Randolph Sutton. Follow that! And Mike did, in spades. Regaling us with the humorous side of Christmas celebrations at primary schools, a distant, very distant memory for those listening, but warm stories to finish the afternoon.
Sincere thanks to Meg and Mike, and again to both the Sewart family and their staff at the Roman Lakes, a December Sunday afternoon to cherish in memory.
Photos: Arthur Procter
Text: Martin Cruickshank, January 2018