Drought Narratives

Stories and memories about drought can help build local, historical knowledge about drought impacts, experiences and adaptation.

We are building a resource of narratives about drought and water use from across seven UK river catchments.

We will use a variety of methods such as storytelling, oral histories, memory-work, community archives, visual stories and online forums to gain different perspectives and insight on UK drought.

These narratives will contribute to an online resource which will enrich and provide context to ‘expert’ knowledge for water management.


  • Tell us your stories and share images of drought and water-use by:
    • Post:
      Lindsey McEwen – DRY project
      Department of Geography and
      Environmental Management
      University of the West of England
      Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane
      Bristol, UK, BS16 1QY
    • Email: DRY@uwe.ac.uk
  • Join in with discussions online via our forum: www.dryproject.grou.ps./  signin/warn/groups
  • Tweet your images and memories of past and current droughts, and local water-use: @Project_DRY
  • Contact us if you would like to join our workshops to share your viewpoints about drought and water-use in one of the 7 UK river catchments Tel: +44 (0)117 32 87024
  • Take part in our questionnaire about domestic water-use: Water Questionnaire

Climate change itself is one of the greatest global threats facing us and requires collective action on a massive scale to address it. However, partly because the science behind climate change is so very complex, the public debate has been dominated by discourses of expertise, thus excluding large parts of the population from engaging. Storytelling is the traditional mode of communication by which human beings process, synthesise and make sense of experience and information. That is as true now as it was thousands of years ago and it is a particularly helpful tool in helping us navigate our way through complex and changing situations. Human beings are storytelling animals and by introducing storytelling into the climate change discussion, we potentially open the door for much wider public engagement, capture expertise from beyond the academic community and bring new, fresh, previously unheard voices into the conversation.”

Mike Wilson, Loughborough University


Waders at Spreyside, Scotland by Mhari Barnes

Spreyside River, Scotland by Mhari Barnes

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