Remembering the enslaved in Cape Town

University of Hull PhD candidate Samuel North explores Cape Town’s remembering and memorialisation of its slave past. As a city, Cape Town sits on top of an uncomfortable history of colonialism, slavery, and formal racial segregation. This history has an uneasy relationship with depictions of the city in tourist publications as an inclusive world of…

Dying Matters Week 2016: the Big Conversation

As Dying Matters week draws to a close, Project leader Prof Margaret Holloway considers the changing role of memorialization. At the heart of the Dying Matters campaign is the belief that if we open up death on a societal level we will improve the dying and bereavement experiences of individuals and their families. Underlying this…

Memorialisation in the Scottish Jewish Context

Guest blogger Harvey L Kaplan, Director of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre reports on Jewish memorials in Scotland. The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (SJAC) aims to document and illustrate the Jewish experience in Scotland since the 18th century, collecting and preserving the records and looking at religious, organisational, social, economic, political, cultural and family life,…

The Modern Day Funeral: A Celebrant’s View

Guest Blogger Phil Spicksley writes on some considerations in planning the modern day funeral. Over many years when a person died the Funeral Director would attend and say to the family, “I’ll send the Vicar!” This should not be the case nowadays because more and more grieving families require and deserve a choice when it…