Recording a Graveyard Memorial

The number one conservation technique which a community group can employ in their local historic graveyard is to record the memorial inscriptions. The relentless action of the elements is slowly eroding all the stone memorials. It is a fact that modern inscription surveys in graveyards previously surveyed in the early twentieth century show that the memorials have a marked deterioration in legibility. The recording of the graveyard memorial inscriptions is also key to unlocking the rich family and social histories contained within historic graveyards. Read more »

BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed - discussion on corporeality and memorialisation

Professor Laurie Taylor on BBC 4's Thinking Allowed is worth a weekly listen and today his discussion with Dr. Kate Woodthorpe delves deeply into modern, East London, attitudes to death, burial, bodies and cemeteries.


Audio Recording - Oral Histories and Audioboo

From the outset the Historic Graves project has been about more then simply recording raw data such as location information, photographs and inscriptions from historic graveyards and the memorials contained within. The project has endeavoured to enable and encourage local communities to record the stories and oral histories attached to the graveyards and memorials. Historic Graves believes that this element of interpretation which all story telling involves should be done by the local communities themselves and not by imported experts. The tagline to the Historic Graves website reads ‘Local Stories, Local Voices, Local Places’. Read more »

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 »

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