Our Future Hope

In medieval times people were reminded of their mortality through creative works known as memento mori. Guest-blogger Professor David Crouch explores the example of Count Waleran of Meulan and Worcester. In April 1166 one of the greatest European aristocrats of his day, Count Waleran of Meulan and Worcester, died at the age of sixty-two as…

Who was ‘Neil Dovestones’?

Remember Me Research Fellow Dr Louis Bailey explores the mysterious death of Neil Dovestones, and the quest to unearth his identity. To memorialise is to name, is to remember the person that was and commemorate the life that was lived.  Memorialisation is a way of connecting the deceased with the living – through conversations, thoughts…

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…

Media coverage and the deaths of black people in custody

An interesting article has been published in the openDemocracy.net  and the Guardian    highlighting the lack of media coverage when it comes to the deaths of black people in custody in the UK. The author of ‘Black lives matter in Britain too: why does our media care less’ Kiri Kankhwendeor compares the lack of coverage…

Facebook memorials

‘Facebook will become a digital graveyard by the end of the century, with more memorials to the dead than living users’ – an interesting article from the Independent on Facebook profiles after death.  

Heroes and Loved Ones Poems

We are now in the process of interviewing volunteers as part of our study ‘Heroes and Loved Ones’ . It’s been a wonderful experience with many different stories which will make an enormous contribution to our research. It was particularly touching when I was given 2 poems by one of the interviewees to share with…