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…

A Tribute to Mum

Guest-blogger Pippa Kelly offers a touching personal remembrance of her mother. Kathleen Mary Kelly died aged 90 on Christmas Day 2012.  Even now, typing those words brings a lump to my throat and triggers a myriad of memories and emotions. My mum had lived with dementia for a decade and for the last two years…

Love and Loss on St Valentine’s Day

Guest-blogger Professor Michael Gratzke thinks about love and loss this St Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s day has become a major celebration of romantic coupledom. Some of us may feel uneasy about the apparent commercialisation of love which seems to be driven by the interests of florists and restaurateurs. However, even the grumpiest of spouses feel the…

Remembering Bog Bodies on World Wetlands Day 2017

On World Wetlands Day Remember Me Co-Investigator, Professor Malcolm Lillie explores the relationship between wetlands and remembrance of the dead. Wetlands are not, perhaps, the most obvious places with which to associate remembrance of the dead. However, throughout human history wetlands have been, and continue to be, places which people are drawn to for a…

Holocaust Memorial Day -Remembering the Victims of Genocide

  The following Remember Me blog was written by guest-blogger Evelyn Rose. Evelyn is a Second Year undergraduate Historian at the University of Hull where she is learning about the Holocaust and other human rights abuses as part of her studies. ‘Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it’. – George…