Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk

About us

is based at the University of St Andrews. We work with the public to research the archaeology of Scotland's coast and coastal change. Our philosophy is that eroding coastal heritage provides opportunities for everyone to enjoy and benefit from taking part in archaeological and historical exploration and discovery.

We developed the Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project to increase opportunities for volunteering in the research and stewardship of Scotland’s eroding coastal heritage. The first phase of the project ran from 2012-2016 and was generously funded and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, the University of St Andrews and the Crown Estate. You can read about the project achievements on the Results & Highlights and ShoreDIG pages of this website.

Who we are

Tom Dawson

Tom has managed the day to day running of SCAPE since 2001.Tom started in archaeology as a volunteer himself and is passionate about increasing volunteer opportunities in archaeology. He is also dedicated to keeping archaeology fun and spreading the word about Scotland’s amazing coastal heritage through his worldwide networks.


Joanna Hambly

Joanna first came across archaeology as a 17 year old when a friend talked her into volunteering on a dig in Winchester. Thirty years later, archaeology is still providing her with new experiences. Joanna has worked with SCAPE since 2009 and manages the Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project.



Elinor Graham

Ellie also started out in archaeology as a volunteer and developed her passion for coastal archaeology whilst working with the Arfordir Coastal Heritage Project in Wales. Ellie is originally from Aberdeen and come ‘home’ five years ago to join the Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk team as a project officer.

Contact us


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Ellie Graham -


Joanna 01334 462904

Ellie 01334 463017


The SCAPE Trust, St Katharine's Lodge, The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AL