Welcome to CONCH, a co-productive heritage research project centred in Tanzania and funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

This project brings together UK and African archaeologists, heritage professionals, and community groups in discussions and activities surrounding the built heritage of the East African, or Swahili, coast. CONCH aims to explore and celebrate the rich architectural heritage of this region, with activities at key sites in Pangani and Kilwa. We are working with different local stakeholders at each, and hope to work with and boost existing initiatives and agendas among our colleagues.

Here you can follow the project as it develops, see what activities we have undertaken in Pangani and Kilwa and access our ongoing research outputs. You can also follow the project through our Facebook and Instagram sites. 

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13th May 2019

Partners from the University of York and UDSM will be recommencing fieldwork in mid June, with a heritage day being held on the 21st. So keep your eyes peeled and wait to see what happens by following our Instagram & Facebook pages (search for @conchpro).


Education officer working with school staff
24th August 2018

Our blog is now live and we will be posting regularly over the next weeks about our experiences working in Pangani. Check the 'Research' page to see more. With thanks to all our contributors. Asante Sana!

13th July 2018

This Research Colloquium will be an opportunity to meet the newest members of our team who will give papers on their specialisms in building surveying and heritage research using digital tools. See our events calendar for more details.

Find out more about the CONCH project, including our objectives, the team and our partner organisations.
Learn more about the CONCH project's outreach programmes with local Tanzanian communities.
Explore our gallery to discover more about the buildings and communities that we are working with.