We will be heading to the Necropolis in Glasgow this coming weekend (24th & 26th May 2014) to provide training in historic graveyard survey, recording and publication. We will be working in partnership with a team from Archaeology Scotland and with the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis and all comers are welcome - if you can take a photograph you can learn our system.
If you have never been to the Necropolis it is located on a hill in the centre of the city and has approx. 3500 grave memorials and over 50,000 burials laid out in 23 different sections. A walk through the Necropolis is calming and interesting and if you delve into the inscriptions on the memorials you soon realise we are looking at a microcosm of nineteenth century Glasgow.
Our workshop will teach a simple system for survey and publication of any historic graveyard but based in one section of the Necropolis. We will focus on the survey system and also how to link the headstones to the stories of the people they commemorate - learning to publish place-based stories of Glasgow and Scotland. The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis have years of experience in this type of work so it will be interestng to see what stories we can publish early next week.
Over the last three years we have worked in over 400 graveyards in Ireland (which have been published to www.historicgraves.com) and for our first Scottish workshop we face the challenge of working with an accomplished experienced team of dedicated volunteers - I am sure the learning will be a two-way process.
If you are interested in attending - we welcome all comers.
We start at 10.00 am and finish at 4.00 pm with an hour long break for lunch at 1.00 pm (lunch not provided) - meet at the Bridge of Sighs at 10.00am each morning.
The weather forecast looks good but we advise that people dress up warm and wear thick-soled footwear suitable for wet grass. Genealogists, archaeologists and local historians are welcome - we aim to show people how to record their own local or community graveyards and also how to publish them to the internet. The core system works with or without the historicgraves.com website and the system also builds an analogue archive to compliment the digital. If you are keen to go on to survey your ‘own’ graveyard then it is best to attend both days.