About us

We are an interdisciplinary group of environmental specialists based at the University of Hull, UK.

We collaborate across subjects and sectors to create digital tools that engage schools, museums,  and wider publics with the histories, literatures, and cultures of flooding.

Our work is helping advance knowledge and understanding of how we can learn from the past to live with the risks of flooding today.

We bring together expertise from across the humanities and environmental sciences, and work with digital studios to recreate historical floods in virtual reality and explore how estuary cultures in the UK and overseas learned to live with flooding in previous centuries.

Our projects have received funding from XR Stories, via the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Creative Industries Cluster programme, and our work has been showcased at Freedom Festival (2020), Waterline summit (2020), and at the COP26 Universities Network Climate Exp0 conference (2021).

Rising Tide works closely with other green-blue humanities projects at the University of Hull investigating the cultures and histories of water and flooding. These include the AHRC-funded Risky Cities project and the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures.


Discover how water has shaped the literature, history, and culture of regions that have historically lived with flood risk and remain at risk of flooding today.

Andrew Marvell and Hull

Detail from Wenceslaus Hollar, Map of Hull (c. 1640). Hull History Centre, U DDMM/33/8.  Dr Stewart Mottram, Reader in English at the University of Hull, explores poet Andrew Marvell’s early…