Treasured Remains: Graveyard Detectives, New Lanark Burial Ground
Illustrated talk and family friendly activities at fascinating New Lanark burial ground
Get involved in Treasured Remains, a project celebrating four of the most historically significant graveyards in the Clyde and Avon Valley, between now and next January. Join Archaeology Scotland and Kirkyard Consulting for a series of FREE hands-on workshops which explore the histories of New Lanark Burial Ground; St Patrick’s Churchyard, Dalzell Estate; St Michael’s Churchyard, Cambusnethan; and St Ninian’s Churchyard, Stonehouse.
Come join the launch of the CAVLP Graveyards Project and discover why these burial sites are anything but the usual suspects. An illustrated talk offers a virtual line up. We pose the questions that need answering and set up the hot clues for you to follow. Review the evidence boards to investigate death customs from around the world. Oh and you can get your hands dirty on this job: we're running activities to make your own graveyard inspired artwork, from sugar skulls to strange symbols. It's not all about serious detective work either - there's a fun quiz for everyone to enjoy.
Meeting point: To find the site if starting from New Lanark villiage, head uphill towards the car park and turn left near the road, there is a wooden fingerpost indicating "Burial Ground". If starting in the car park, from the bottom of the main car park at the top of the hill, go to the steps heading down to the village and turn right at the same "Burial Ground" fingerpost.
Events in the series are listed here:
Graveyard Detectives – Illustrated talk and family activities to launch the project. Saturday 9 September, New Lanark, 1-4pm
Uncovering Buried Tombstones – probing for and uncovering the buried stones so that the graveyard can be better recorded. Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September, St Patrick’s Churchyard, Dalzell Estate, 10am-4pm
Tomb Readers: Throwing New Light on Worn Inscriptions with Digital Photography – Learn how to use Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) to take photos capturing a surface’s shape and colour using lights at different angles, to help uncover inscriptions and designs difficult to see with the naked eye. Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October, St Michael’s Churchyard, Cambusnethan, 10am-4pm and Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October, St Patrick’s Churchyard, Dalzell Estate, 10am-4pm
What Lies Beneath? Discovering Graveyard Geophysics – Learn how to use geophysics to identify the hidden heritage that lies below the ground. Dates TBC November, St Ninian’s Graveyard, Stonehouse
Telling Tales: An Introduction to Graveyard Research and Interpretation – Ever wonder where to find more information about a graveyard or how to explain the rich and unique history of a site to the general public? Come along to these workshops and we will take you through the journey from finding out more to presenting that information in an engaging way. Saturday 9 December, St Ninian’s Graveyard, Stonehouse, 10am-4pm and Saturday 13 January, New Lanark Burial Ground, 10am-4pm
Read the Treasured Remains Conservation Strategy for Historic Graveyards in the Clyde and Avon Valley undertaken by Kirkyard Consultants in 2011 below.