Treasured Remains: Telling Tales, an Intro to Graveyard Research & Interpretation at Stonehouse
Find out how to tell your site's stories
Ever wonder where to find more information about a graveyard or how to explain the rich and unique history of a historic site to the general public? Come along to these workshops and we will take you through the journey from finding out more to presenting that information in an engaging way. Please see below for the day's objectives, and Listen to the Stones and Interpreting Graveyards resources under 'Other Resources'.
- Convey the basic principles of interpretation and invite workshop participants to come up with a draft interpretation strategy for their own graveyard as well as acting as a test focus group for others' pitches. We hope to help support the installation of interpretation at St Nianian's Auld Churchyard, Stonehouse and so this part of the workshop may help shape initial thinking about its design
- To explore with the group opportunities for digital technology and open access platforms to help increase awareness and access to the heritage groups' graveyard records and public understanding of graveyards more generally
- To provide an update on the findings from the previous Stonehouse workshop when geophysical survey was carried out at St Nianian's Auld Churchyard
- To pitch an idea for a future research project to help better understand St Nianian's Auld Churchyard, in is local and regional contexts, which can be supported through the Treasured Remains project
Saturday 9 December, Stonehouse Lifestyles, 10am-4pm
Events in the series are listed here:
Graveyard Detectives – Illustrated talk and family activities to launch the project. Saturday 9 September, New Lanark, 1-4pm
Uncovering Buried Tombstones – probing for and uncovering the buried stones so that the graveyard can be better recorded. Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September, St Patrick’s Churchyard, Dalzell Estate, 10am-4pm
Tomb Readers: Throwing New Light on Worn Inscriptions with Digital Photography – Learn how to use Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) to take photos capturing a surface’s shape and colour using lights at different angles, to help uncover inscriptions and designs difficult to see with the naked eye. Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October, St Patrick's Kirkyard, Dalzell Estate, 10am-4pm and Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October, St Michael’s Churchyard, Cambusnethan, 10am-4pm
What Lies Beneath? Discovering Graveyard Geophysics – Learn how geophysics is used to identify the hidden heritage that lies below the ground. Sunday 29 October, St Ninian’s Graveyard, Stonehouse, 10am-4pm
Telling Tales: An Introduction to Graveyard Research and Interpretation – Ever wonder where to find more information about a graveyard or how to explain the rich and unique history of a site to the general public? Come along to these workshops and we will take you through the journey from finding out more to presenting that information in an engaging way. Saturday 9 December, St Ninian’s Graveyard, Stonehouse, 10am-4pm and Saturday 13 January, New Lanark Burial Ground, 10am-4pm
Watch the video with Susan Buckham, Kirkyard Consulting, below.
Read the Treasured Remains Conservation Strategy for Historic Graveyards in the Clyde and Avon Valley undertaken by Kirkyard Consultants in 2011 below.