Celebrating Historic Cemeteries, 15 May 2019

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Wednesday 15 May 2019
Dorothy Fox Education Centre at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens

This conference presents some of the latest researches on cemeteries; environmentally, socially and aesthetically. Cemeteries were not only places for burial, but they were often also considered as parks or garden like spaces; and they were laid out by skilled designers. Clients, whether private, or local authorities, or national bodies, prided themselves on the general appearance of these places.

With an emphasis on Sheffield, this conference investigates a range of different aspects of cemeteries that will appeal to those interested in local history, cemeteries and the practice of landscape design.

The event is part of National Cemeteries Week, held this year from 11 to 19 May 2019, which was set up initially to draw attention to the many volunteers who help maintain and care for cemeteries in this country. It is now also seen as a way to expose the rich and varied histories of cemeteries in this country.

The conference is a collaboration between the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield with the Sheffield General Cemetery Trust, Classical Porter Valley Trust, and the Friends of the Sheffield Botanical Gardens, who have kindly offered to host this event in their educational centre.




Wednesday 15 May 2019

13:00 Registration and coffee

13:30 Welcome and introduction

13:45 Churchyard and cemetery in an English industrial city: Sheffield 1740-1900
Julie Rugg, The University of York

14:15 Robert Marnock and the inception of the Sheffield General Cemetery 1834-1850
Jan Woudstra, The University of Sheffield

14:45 Death, landscape and memorialisation in Victorian urban society: Nottingham’s General Cemetery (1837) and Church Cemetery (1856)
Paul Elliott, The University of Derby

15:15 Tea

15:45 Conservation philosophy and repair of historic cemeteries: using the
restoration of the Non-Conformist gatehouse and memorial gardens, at
Sheffield General cemetery, as an example

Adrian Hallam, ARK

16:15 The varied narratives of the War Graves Cemeteries
Andrew Clayden, The University of Sheffield

16:45 Questions and discussion

17:00 A walk to the Sheffield General Cemetery (weather depending)




The conference takes place in the Dorothy Fox Education Centre at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Clarkehouse Road
S10 2LN

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Standard Ticket, £10
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