Robert C. Ritchie

December 13, 2021

Sea level rise in unexpected places

In the United States we pay attention to our own problems and sometimes ignore difficulties elsewhere.  After writing about sea level rise in America and the […]
November 4, 2021

Things Come True

As an historian who has worked mostly in the 17th century it is a little unreal to find something you have written about in the daily […]
October 1, 2021

Burkini and the Pop Up Tent

For modest women the world over there is always a problem in going to the beach.  Few beaches now have changing cabins that used to be […]
August 27, 2021

Old British Resorts live again

For someone who is used to working in 17th century materials it comes as a shock when you discover one of the problems regarding writings on […]
July 28, 2021

Bad weather

This summer everyday brings news of bad weather somewhere in the world.  Record temperatures in Seattle and Scotland.  Record rain falls in Germany and England.  A […]
July 14, 2021

Only the French

French aristocrats started going to the beach in the late 18th century.  Most resorts were on the English Channel–Dieppe, Boulogne, Trouville and Deauville–were among the first.  […]
June 21, 2021

Memorable first beach visit

My first trip to the beach was long ago and far away, indeed in an unlikely spot.  I grew up in Scotland where the summers are […]
May 28, 2021


America likes to think of itself as a be-coastal country–at least the people on the coasts do.  The implication is that the coasts are the same […]
May 19, 2021

beach photo

I I often get asked how do you do research on Beaches?  Well, this image provides one version.  It is, of course, not really so.  I […]