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An Ode to the Sea

27th September 2023 @ 6:00 pm 10:00 pm

An Ode to the Sea

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£5, £2.50 students

About us

Please join us to hear how architects, writers, researchers, and artists have all drawn inspiration from the sea, and more specifically Firestone Bay.

Book launch

The evening brings together architect Chris Romer-Lee to discuss his new book, ‘Sea Pools’ with Sophie Pierce, author of the popular Wild Swimming books. Chris begins with an introduction to sea pools within the history of outdoor swimming, their unique designs and architectural significance and commentary on the resurgent appreciation for sea swimming in the 21st century. Chris selects 66 of the most beautiful and culturally significant sea pools from around the world including Firestone Bay.

Chris Romer-Lee is the co-founder of the architecture practice Studio Octopi. Chris was splashing around in Lake Zurich when the idea for re-introducing swimming in the Thames was conceived as Thames Baths CIC. Now the practice is leading the way in developing ideas for the increased recreational use of the river Thames. Since 2013 Chris has spoken at TEDx KPMG, Centre for London 2015 Conference, Somerset House, V&A for London Design Festival and many more. Chris lives in London and teaches at London School of Architecture (LSA).

Sophie Pierce was a radio and TV reporter for BBC South West for many years, and also wrote features for national newspapers including the Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. Her main focus now is writing, where she is exploring ideas around our relationship with the natural world. She is the author of four books about wild swimming, with a fifth coming out in Spring 2024. Her memoir, The Green Hill, explores our emotional connection with water and other natural landscapes.

Research roundup

Linda Ward will introduce a new film poem, recorded in part at Firestone Bay, where much of her doctoral film and photographic research is located.

Dr Sally Sutton will show a short video exploring the ‘Right to Water: Public Space or Private Asset’.

Dr Eva McGrath will present alongside her exhibition Immersion: Voices of Plymouth Sea Swimmers, Firestone Bay.

Dr Kass Gibson and Ellie Rickets: ‘Exploring into the Blue – a deep dive into swimming with cancer’.

The evening will also include a panel discussion between the contributors, chaired by Dr Zoe Latham, architecture.

Timings
18:00 – 19:00 Research roundup
19:15 – 20:00 Chris Romer-Lee and Sophie Pierce

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Everyone’s invited to a free ‘pop-up’ creative light installation experience in Plymouth City Centre this half term from 15-17 February 🤩 🙌

Supported by the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park, the installation celebrates our city's connection to the ocean.

Keep the little ones occupied with a free children’s arts and crafts workshops on Thursday and Friday from 4-6pm 🖌️ 🎨

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Check out a list of vacancies based around our National Marine Park!🌊
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We are SO excited to announce that our NEW podcast is now live! 🙌 🤩

Tune into episode 1 of 'Sounds Amazing' where Elaine and Tudor touch on how Plymouth Sound became designated the UK's first - and so far only - Marine Park.

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A fly through of what’s in store for 2024 🚀 🌊

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📣 Exciting news 🤩
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In case you missed our exciting news yesterday, here's a recap! 🌊💙 #ThanksToNationalLotteryPlayers

We secured £11.6m of funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund! @heritagefunduk

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🥳We did it!🥳

We've been awarded £11.6m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund @heritagefunduk to deliver the UK's first National Marine Park!

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🎉 WE DID IT 🥳

We’re super excited to announce that Plymouth has been successful in its bid to secure £11.6m from @heritagefunduk to deliver a transformational five-year programme. 🎊

In a UK first, our National Marine Park will create a blueprint for future models, ensuring that people and planet come together to realise a new and sustainable relationship with the sea. 🌊

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Common Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) are fierce predators in our National Marine Park. They have on-demand changing camouflage, beak-like jaws and eight 'arms' with two tentacles around the mouth.

Common Cuttlefish makes light work of crabs, fish and even small cuttlefish. They don't fancy us humans though so you'll be safe to watch them being cool 😎

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A cracking heavenly light on our breakwater! 😮😍

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This cold weather won't stop Plymouth's sea swimmers 💪🌊 Well done you brave people!

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🌊Scenes of the Sound🌊

A brilliant photo of a Snakelocks Anemone. They may look beautiful and harmless but don't touch! They can release tiny barbs that have proven very irritating if you get them in your eyes 👀

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A dramatic sky over our National Marine Park. Maybe the wind will blow in some more glorious sunshine? ☀️

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This striking character is a male Corkwing Wrasse (Symphodus melops) and is carrying seaweed to an elaborate nest that he's working on.

This Corkwing Wrasse is well in season (photo taken in spring/summer) with his bright colouration 🌈

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