Rose is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Bristol. Her research relates to a large tidal flood which devastated communities on both sides of the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary in January 1607. In particular, she is looking at the response and recovery aspects of the flood along the levels in Gloucestershire, Gwent and Somerset.
Rose’s interest in the history of managing flood risk in the upper Severn Estuary led to the setting up of Advance the Line, a group of local professionals whose report, Gauging the tide, has been widely accepted as a critical review of the current levels of methods used to assess and manage flood risk. Rose researched all the historic data for this report.
Land drainage and flood defence terminology can be very parochial, and Rose is currently compiling The DITCHionary in connection with her role as history research supervisor for the Living Levels project.
She successfully led a Heritage Lottery Fund bid for Dedication 1315 which provided the opportunity for over 40 churches to celebrate the 700th anniversary of their consecration in authentic medieval ways during 2015.
As the initial project co-ordinator for Frampton Remembers WW1, Rose obtained Heritage Lottery and partnership funding to help volunteers from Frampton on Severn discover more about the village men and women who served their country, and how the effects of the Great War changed life in Frampton for ever. She has edited the project’s book, Frampton Remembers World War 1.
Rose has undertaken a number of interesting local history research assignments which have included such diverse subjects as Cottage Gardens (for the BBC), a Grade I-listed Wool Barn (for English Heritage), land registration of several foreshores along the Severn Estuary, nonconformity in Frampton on Severn and Hock Crib (an important breakwater in the river Severn).