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Memorial Recording - Exploring the Stories of Brandwood End Cemetery

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Brandwood End Cemetery

Woodthorpe Road

Birmingham

B14 5AE

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Learn how to record memorials in Brandwood End and help create a valuable archive that track the stories of the community that surrounds it.

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Burial grounds are the chronicles of our communities. They tell us about lives long lived and those cut tragically short, of disaster, illness and immigration of fashion and wealth. These places are full of stories.

Join us in recording the inscriptions and details of the memorials in Brandwood End Cemetery and help create a valuable social history archive of the lives of those buried there.

"Are you interested in people and their stories? During a recording session, volunteers pair up and one takes on the role of a ‘writer’ and the other a ‘reader’ and it is the conversations that spring from that collaboration that I love. The discussion around deciphering a difficult script or a weathered carving, the appreciation of craftsmanship or longevity when we don’t expect it, a moment of quiet when a recorder acknowledges a tragedy or a short life. Recorders often finish inspired to find out more about one or two of the people they have ‘met’ during the session, weaving the stories of those from the past into our present. '

George - session organiser

This is the perfect, gentle activity to do in our current health climate, as it can be easily done with social distancing and within household bubbles.

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Brandwood End Cemetery

Woodthorpe Road

Birmingham

B14 5AE

United Kingdom

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Caring for God’s Acre works nationally to support groups and individuals to investigate, care for, and enjoy burial grounds and graveyards.

There are over 20,000 burial grounds in England and Wales, ranging from small rural medieval churchyards to large Victorian city cemeteries, spanning different cultures, religions and centuries.

Appealing to many who are interested in local history and the natural world, burial grounds encapsulate the history of communities whilst offering refuge for our native wildlife.

For many people burial grounds are the only locally accessible green space. However, their heritage value, and even their continuing presence, cannot be taken for granted. They are under threat from development, closure, under management and mismanagement.

Join the movement. Let’s keep burial grounds beautiful, accessible and connected to their communities.

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