FIND out more about the changing British coast — including the Isle of Wight — at a new exhibition by Professor Robin McInnes.

Bembridge Sailing Club is the venue for two important exhibitions, one national and the second Isle of Wight focused, which both bridge the disciplines of science, geography and the arts.

The combined display depicts changing aspects of our coastal environments and heritage through original artworks, prints and photography.

One is the final exhibition of The State of the British Coast 1770 to Present Day, which looks at what lessons we can learn from observation of changes affecting the British coast since the late 18th century.

How and to what extent have our coastal landscapes, natural environments and cultural heritage been affected by natural and human influences?

Increasingly sophisticated technologies allow us to observe and monitor changing conditions within our coastal zones, but alongside these tools we can take advantage of the wisdom of hindsight by interrogating a vast additional resource of historical artworks that are becoming available online.

The year-long study by Professor McInnes and Chloe Stanford-Clark was completed in 2019.

The Isle of Wight focused exhibition is a look at the Down to the Coast project, within which four projects have been designed and undertaken by Professor McInnes to examine different elements of Island coastal life.

They are Vistas and Panoramas of the East Wight Landscape, Fine Mansions and Fair Villas of the East Wight, Paradise Lost – The Lost Architectural Heritage of the East Wight and The Most Painted Place – Bonchurch and the IW School of Artists 1830-1920.

Each project has been delivered with the help of local arts and heritage organisations and schools.

For each project, a 16-page colour booklet, an exhibition and lectures have been provided.

This exhibition brings together the findings and explains the lessons learnt and the legacy the projects provide.

The exhibition is at Bembridge Sailing Club from Sunday, March 15, to Saturday, March 21, from 10am to 4pm daily.