History pieced together on Crosby Beach

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Ms Walsh photographs the artefacts so she can work on identifying them when she is outside of Liverpool. Pic © ArchaeoBeach

Part of Liverpool’s wartime history is being pieced back together by an archaeology student and with the help of the Twitter community.

Emma Marsh, 20, has been searching Crosby beach for rubble which was dumped there after the May 1941 Blitz and trying to trace its origins.

The debris has been left exposed by shifting sand dunes in recent years, which caught Ms Marsh’s attention when she was visiting the beach with her family.

She told JMU Journalism: “I thought it was unique, it really is like no other place I’ve experienced because it feels like a time capsule to 1940s Liverpool. Ever since I just wanted to know more about the rubble.”

The Durham student, originally from Manchester, has been posting pictures of the debris she finds on her Twitter account to establish where it originated from.

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So far from her beach collection, Ms Marsh has been able to identify buildings and gravestones from the Blitz, which killed or injured around 4,000 Merseyside residents and destroyed countless homes and infrastructure.

She added: “When I was researching the gravestone I managed to find out what church it was from using census records and then posted it on Twitter asking if anyone knew anything about the building.

Ms Walsh creates 3D models of the debris. Pic © ArchaeoBeach

“Loads of people replied with old photographs and information about what happened during the Blitz, which was incredible.”

Ms Marsh creates 3D models of the debris using the photographs she takes at the beach. She explained: “I’m hoping I can keep identifying buildings and reveal as much as possible about the rubble.

“One thing I do hope to achieve is getting signs up on the beach because there is absolutely nothing there telling you what the rubble is.”

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