A summer internship with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Guest-blogger, Jack Sibley shares his experience as a Centenary Intern with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This summer I had the fantastic opportunity to move to France for three months in order take part in a new internship programme run by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Living in Arras, the site of a major British…

Flowers from Freetown

In Freetown Week guest-blogger Gladys Cole shares her experience of creating memorial wreaths for loved ones. Flowers for us Sierra Leoneans are a symbol of love,  hope and sympathy.  We remember our loved ones who have died and honour them by arranging beautiful natural flowers wreaths to lay on their  graves. This is done on…

Remembering Bertha Von Suttner on the International Day of Peace

Guest blogger Lee Karen Stow highlights the legacy of Bertha Von Suttner, the first woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Prayers and messages of peace hang from the branches of The Peace Tree at The Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, home to the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. I…

How ‘trinkets’ become family heirlooms.

Guest-blogger, Jasmine Brammer, from Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust in Melbourne, Australia explores the process by which personal objects associated with deceased loved ones become heirlooms. When a loved one dies, their possessions don’t have to be antiques or expensive heirlooms, or itemised in a Will or Trust to gain the title of ‘treasure’. This can…

Remembrance through the use of human remains in archaeological collections

Guest blogger, Alice Rose, Documentation Assistant at the Hull and East Riding Museum, explores human remains and remembrance in museum collections. Museums and collectors often do not discuss the human remains they care for.  This is due to the complex ethical debates surrounding the excavation, collection and storage of these remains.  In this post, we…

Why Wear Rosemary on ANZAC Day?

Remember Me Researcher Dr Yvonne Inall explores the reasons underlying the tradition of wearing sprigs of rosemary on Anzac Day. Last year, guest-blogger Dr Jenny McLeod explored the origins of ANZAC Day . This year I want to focus on one of the smaller details of ANZAC Day remembrance activities: the wearing of rosemary. Each…

Dr Mary Murdoch (1864-1916): ‘A Woman Doctor of Hull’

Guest-blogger Professor Katharine Cockin shares the history of Dr Mary Murdoch, the first woman ever to practise medicine in Hull. The First World War centenary has exposed some hidden stories about wartime Hull. As a port city located along a very distinctive estuary, Hull has been vulnerable to aerial bombardment. From 1915 onwards the monstrous…

Hull Remembers: Edward Booth Headstone Restored

Guest-blogger John Scotney reports on the work undertaken by the Friends of Hull General Cemetery, a small community group, to restore a local memorial to the victim of a tragic train crash, which spurred rail safety measures. At 11.30 on Saturday 11th February 2017, a damp and dismal day, a small group of members of…

The Longest Goodbye – Remembering Hull’s Lost Fishermen

Guest-blogger Joan Venus-Evans shares a personal account of Hull’s Triple Trawler Tragedy and the ongoing need to memorialise and remember fishermen lost at sea. I was born in the front bedroom of one of the small two up two down terraced houses that huddled together off Hessle Road.  My first memories are of waking up…

Death and Memorialisation in Hong Kong and New Zealand

Remember Me Principal Investigator, Emeritus Professor Margaret Holloway, recently travelled to Hong Kong and New Zealand. She reports on memorials she observed on her travels. In vain did I protest to neighbours and friends as I left home on 4 February that this trip was mainly work. It has truly been an incredibly intense but…