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…

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…

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…

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…