Power and the Water: Connecting Pasts with Futures is an AHRC-funded project involving the Universities of Bristol, East Anglia and Nottingham. The project examines the nature of environmental connectivities since industrialization and how their legacies challenge us in the early 21st century.
Early in April 2014, Angela met up with one of their researchers, Dr Leona Skelton (The University of Bristol) who is researching the degeneration and regeneration of the River Tyne. It turns out that not only is Leona from Gateshead, but that she also visited Dunston Staiths during the Gateshead Garden Festival in 1990.
Leona has written a wonderful blog about her reflections on how industrial interventions can have a positive affect on urban wildlife, which you can find out more about in the “Environment” section. She raises some interesting questions about the unintended consequences of human influence on nature.