Bohermore’s Victorian Cemetery - Resting Place of the Famous

Victorian Cemeteries

Bohermore graveyard in Galway, or the ‘new cemetery’ as it is called was opened in 1880. The cemetery contains two mortuary chapels – the western chapel was reserved for Catholic usage and the eastern one for Protestant use - and a caretaker’s lodge close to the entrance gates.

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A video tour of the British Cemetery in Funchal, Madeira

The British Cemetery in very accessible in Funchal town centre and should be on every tourist's itinerary if they have any interest in history. Over ten different nationalities are represented in the two sections of the cemetery as Funchal was a key node in global trade networks.

This video was recorded and edited using an Apple iPod Touch.

The Jewish Cemetery in Funchal, Madeira

The Jewish Cemetery can be found at the western end of the Rua da Lazareto in Funchal. Founded in 1851 it is walled and gated but unfortunately the gate is locked and the interior is overgrown (you have to climb onto the enclosure wall to get a look inside). The International Jewish Cemetery Project has no further detail but a strimmer and a couple of willing hands could have this graveyard cleaned-up and surveyed in a short week. Read more »

The Church of the Seven Daughters - Renvyle

Introduction to Renvyle Church and Graveyard

During the bitterly cold but beautifully crisp weather before Christmas last year I visited the picturesque church and graveyard at the western end of Renvyle peninsula.

A cemetery at Monte, Madeira

In February 2010 the island of Madeira was hit by a series of storms which resulted in major floods and landslides, causing at least 42 deaths. The floods and mudlsides appeared in the world's media (Sky, CNN, Youtube) but little is heard of the disaster today as newer envromental catastrophies have struck other countries. But the cemeteries of Madeira do provide some insights into the human costs of the storms. Read more »

Aghaboe Graveyard - History, Surveys and Stories

Introduction to Aghaboe

The Aghaboe abbey preservation committee have been in existence since the 1970s and  as a result of their work there are few better examples in the country of how to conserve and maintain an historic graveyard. Aghaboe has a rich historical and archaeological background with upstanding remains of a Dominican Friary and an Anglo Norman motte and bailey castle. The present Church of Ireland building was built on the site of an Augustinian monastery which in turn replaced the early christian monastery founded by St Canice in no later than 577 AD. Prominent amongst his successors at Aghaboe was St Virgilius, who was Bishop of Salzburg between 749-84 AD.

Workshop at Kilmanman, Co. Laois

Our visiting gravestone memorial iconography expert, Gerry Mullins, got very excited in Kilmanman graveyard, during the second of the Historic Graves, graveyard recording workshops in Co. Laois on Saturday the 2nd of April. Gerry was there to assist on the day and quickly became the star of the show because of his knowledge of and enthusiasm for the gravestone memorials.
The day followed the format set during the first workshop, with the twenty participants alternating between three activities; photography and GPS, surveying and gravestone memorial recording. The fieldwork was undertaken in the morning and was followed by talks and live uploading demonstrations back in Clonaslee community centre in the afternoon. Read more »

Hyperlocal journalism and historic graveyards in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare

As a hyperlocal heritage project we find it easy to spot top quality hyperlocal journalism  - our friends in Kilcullen gave us a write-up in their blog, as well as in the Kildare Nationalist. Des Travers led the way in historic graveyard recording in Kilcullen and it has been a pleasure to work with Des on their project. We have some high precision GPS tracks from Des' work and we will combine them with the historic memorial photographs previously recorded.

The Kilcullen community are an excellent example of the crucial role heritage plays in rural development; if a community values its past it will inevitably value its present members too - resulting in higher quality engagement with the challenges and opportunities of today.

Reference

http://kilcullenbridge.blogspot.com/2011/04/historic-graves-recording-goes-space.html

The ethics of human skeletal remains reburial in the UK - thoughts by Mike Pitts

'On the other hand, they are relics of real people. We should treat them with respect – because we are human, and they are physical links with humans. '

Some interesting thoughts by Mike Pitts on the current debate in the UK about the reburial of human skeletal remains assemblages.

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