Recording Loss at Orford Ness
This short film was developed during the course of a community archaeology project led by CITiZAN’s South East team and a number of dedicated volunteers at Orford Ness. Researcher Nadia Bartolini has been capturing the monitoring and recording processes through photography and film for 2 years, between 2016 and 2017.
Orford Ness is a Natural Nature Reserve in Suffolk on the East coast of England owned by the National Trust. It is recognised for its natural and cultural heritage. Although some of its 20th century military structures are maintained, listed and scheduled, other remnants on the exposed coast are decaying. CITiZAN is working with volunteers to build a database that records these features before they disappear into the sea.
The aim of this short film was twofold: first, to engage with the notion of recording, both through the practices of archaeology and film, and second, to discuss the concept of loss.