Our 2015 SAMPHIRE community engagement fieldwork officially kicked off yesterday with the team leaving Edinburgh and heading west toward the Clyde, one of our key study areas this year. The team’s first stop was at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. The Riverside Museum houses a large collection of transportation related materials including plenty of boat and ship models and the preserved remains of prehistoric log boats! The team spoke to the museum staff and left them with SAMPHIRE pamphlets and discussed potential outreach opportunities before hitting the road again.
Traveling west along the Clyde the team dropped in to Port Glasgow and Greenock on the way to Inverkip. Both towns were instrumental in the development of steam technology and iron shipbuilding. The final stop of the day was in Inverkip where they spoke to locals at the Inverkip Marina about the maritime heritage of the area. Tomorrow the team will travel south to Ayrshire, stay tuned!