Drought Inventory

The Historic Droughts Drought Inventory brings together cross-sectoral descriptions of drought and water scarcity in the UK. These periods have been derived using the projects historic reconstructions of daily river flow data and derived from this, the Historic Standardised Streamflow Index (SSI).

The pages, as well as bringing together information from a number of sectors describing the antecedent conditions, the impacts on hydrology and on people, give way to a more human narrative with oral recollections from people that lived through and were affected by water scarcity.

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The Long Drought - 1890 to 1910

The 1911 Drought

The Pre-war Drought - 1913 to 1914

The Roaring Twenties Drought - 1920 to 1921

The Late Twenties Drought - 1928 to 1929

The Locked Pump Drought - 1933 to 1935

The Wartime Drought - 1940s

Testing the Water Act - 1959

The Big Freeze Drought - 1962 to 1964

The Forgotten Drought - 1973

The Standpipe Drought - 1975 to 1976

The Northern Drought - 1984

In and Out of Drought - 1988 to 1993

The Tanker Drought - 1995 to 1998

The Hot Summer - 2003

The Media Drought - 2004 to 2006

From Drought to Flood - 2010 to 2012