Polish traditions of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Remember Me Research Associate Dr Marcin Biernat explains emerging and continuing traditions around All Saints’ Day in the Polish community in Hull. Many celebrate Halloween on the night of 31st October, but the Roman Catholic Church in Poland opposes Halloween and its celebration. The All Saints’ Day and the All Souls’ Day are more important…

Remembering and Commemorating Black History Month in Canada

As Black History Month comes to a close in the UK, guest-blogger Channon Oyeniran reflects on what Black History Month means to her. “That the history of black people is really a part of Canadian history, the contributions that we made to Canadian history, the contributions that we made to Canadian society are part of…

Memorialisation practices among the Poles in Hull: emergent findings (part one)

Remember Me Project Co-Investigator Dr Lisa Dikomitis reports on our case study ‘Countries Old and New: memorialisation among Polish migrants in Hull’. The Polish case study kicked off in May 2016. Dr Anna Piela and Dr Lisa Dikomitis are the researchers on this project. We are carrying out both traditional and virtual ethnographic data collection…

Death and Culture 2016 – Conference Report

Remember Me researchers recently presented our research at the Death and Culture 2016 conference and they report on the experience. Remember Me project researchers recently attended and presented some of their research at the Death and Culture Conference at the University of York The international conference, which ran over three days from 1-3 September 2016…

Otago Migrant Gravestone Study

Tiffany Jenks, Kirstie Smitheram, Peita Ferens-Green, and Sargam Goundar, students at the University of Otago in New Zealand, look at the memorialisation of migrants in the Southern Cemetery in Dunedin.* Introduction ‘Peopling New Zealand: Migration, Race and Ethnicity’, a fourth year History paper co-ordinated by Professor Angela McCarthy, Remember Me project research consultant, based at…

Memorialising James Taylor, ‘Father of the Ceylon Tea Enterprise’

Angela McCarthy, Professor of Scottish and Irish History at the University of Otago, looks at the memorialisation of James Taylor, ‘father of the Ceylon tea enterprise’, ahead of the 150th anniversary of Ceylon tea in 2017. Scotsman James Taylor is renowned in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) as the ‘father of the Ceylon tea enterprise’ because…