Salt on the Screen: an informative digital showcase of historic salt production in Lincolnshire

Salt is essential for life and has been used for the preservation of food, tanning, glazing pottery and as a trading commodity. Lincolnshire, with its long coastline, wide saltmarshes, low annual precipitation, onshore winds and low-lying topography has provided an ideal location for salt making since the Bronze Age. Evidence of past salt making activities including salterns, remnants of clay pots, mounds of waste material, place names and trackways e.g. Hel and Hal, suggest locations of early salterns, and e.g. Saltersway, suggests a route for the traded salt.

This project will explore innovative ways to present archaeological, archival and environmental evidence that reconstructs the history of salt production in Lincolnshire. The project, in association with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (LWT) will help enhance the cultural and public appeal of the region, reaching new audiences using novel approaches. We will prototype an interactive web-based visualisation that can be used in the field by visitors to the sites. The prototype will rely on existing platforms (e.g. OpenLayers, ArcGIS StoryMaps, Shorthand, Cutting Room, Klynt etc.) to develop data-driven narratives. The design will consider different types of place-based interactions, including deep mapping. 

The student will use maps, lidar, aerial images and other documents held by LWT who recognise the importance of salt production in the region and the interest that the public have in this history. We will work closely with LWT throughout to review possible design ideas, and we will present ideas and prototypes to environment and heritage communities in an end of project virtual event.

Supervisors

Dr Katherine Selby, Department of Environment and Geography

Dr Debbie Maxwell, Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media