Talk and Tour: The 1607 Tsunami with Professor Simon Haslett

The Museum of Somerset , Castle Green, Taunton, TA1 4AA

23 Apr 2024

Description

Professor Simon Haslett gives the annual Friends of the Museum of Somerset lecture.

Talk and Tour: The 1607 Tsunami with Professor Simon Haslett

In this talk Professor Simon Haslett will explore the theory that the 1607 flood, the worst historical natural disaster to occur on British soil, was caused by a tsunami.

On 30 January 1607 a massive wave devastated the coastal communities along the Bristol Channel. The flood stretched as far inland as Glastonbury Tor.  Two hundred square miles of Somerset, Devon, Glamorganshire and Monmouthshire were affected and up to 2,000 people died.

Using historical accounts and geographical fieldwork, Simon points to evidence that suggests a tsunami was the cause of the 1607 flood.

Simon Haslett is a Professor of Physical Geography at Bath Spa University. He has previously made two BBC Timewatch documentaries about his research. ‘Britain’s Forgotten Floods’ and ‘The Killer Wave of 1607’. The latter originally aired in 2005, but was recently rebroadcast.


Opening Hours

Tuesday 23rd April
7.30pm - 8.30pm
 

Pricing

£10.00

Booking required

 

Contact

Talk and Tour: The 1607 Tsunami with Professor Simon Haslett
The Museum of Somerset
Castle Green
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 4AA


T: 01823 255088

W: swheritage.org.uk/

Facebook: @museumofsomerset/

Instagram: @museumofsomerset/


[Error loading the control 'MemberECommerceCarousel', check event log for more details]
Open Map
Close Map