It has been a while since I’ve been out and about on the coast, but this weekend I went to Branscombe, where two brilliant projects are collaborating on some work in the churchyard. The Branscombe Project http://branscombeproject.org.uk/ has been running for many years, looking at the history of the village, collecting oral histories, archives, photographs. The C-RTI (Community Reflectance Transformance Imaging project) is run by Gareth and Nicole Beale, with Hembo Pagi, at Southampton University http://www.ourti.org.It has been set up with an aim to train communities to record their own churchyards, on the south coast.
Volunteers from the Branscombe Project gathered in the churchyard to learn how RTI can be used to record the details on gravestones (and other surfaces), to use as part of their archive work. The tripods were set up, camera arranged, and some high tech equipment including a piece of string and a pool ball were used to take a collection of images. The team will return again soon to train more people and carry out digital survey of the churchyard that can be used by the project.
All work finished, the sun came out, and we walked along the undercliff to Beer. It feels odd to be on the coast in this transitional period into spring – so much of my time on it has been spent wrapped up in coat and scalves in the winter winds. Birdsong has returned, and the sea begins to be a big temptation. The empty areas of rugged coast are slowly filling with people again … the beginning of the busy seasons.