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…

The ‘speared corpse’ burials of Iron Age East Yorkshire.

Remember Me researcher Dr Yvonne Inall, who is working on our Deep Time study explores a rare Iron Age burial ritual, unique to East Yorkshire. In the summer of 2015 I received an incredible invitation, one of those not to be refused. Archaeologists from MAP Archaeology Ltd. working at Pocklington, in rural East Yorkshire found…

Memorialising cremated loved ones – the case of Yorkshire

In this latest Remember Me blog, Co-Investigator Dr Nicholas J. Evans, explores the impact the UK’s first municipal crematoria had upon the changing face of memorialisation in Northern Britain. January 1901 did not just herald the demise of Britain’s then longest serving monarch, Queen Victoria, it also signalled the end of the Victorian celebration of…

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…

Spontaneous Memorials and Tributes

This year, 2016 has already been marked by a number of high-profile celebrity deaths including David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, Prince and most recently Muhammad Ali. These losses have resulted in outpourings of public grief and the creation of spontaneous memorials across the Western world. Yet, this kind of response addresses a much deeper…

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…