As many of you know, for the past year I have been coordinating a project to catalogue our local cemetery. I’m
relieved, pleased to say that the year is almost over. This weekend I’m holding
a presentation to celebrate our achievements and, as I jot them down in
preparation for my speech, I’m proud to say that the outcomes far outstrip the
aims. In fact, had anyone suggested at the outset that we would get this much
work done, I would have been quite ‘negative’ with them.
We now have information boards at the cemetery. These include plans of all the plots. There are row markers and small plaques for every unmarked grave…
And more than that, we now have a website with all the basic information that anyone might need to know about the cemetery…
And much more than that, the website contains a record for every burial with data about that person and search facilities. It is now a fully functioning genealogical website…
And even more than that, the website contains many researched stories about the lives led by a number of the people buried there. This is why we called the project The Lives Behind the Stones. We’ve managed to gather a fair cross-section showing contributions made to the local community, to the city, in some cases to the country. There are contributions to commerce, celebrations of scientific developments and, sadly, many moving stories of refugees and evacuees who sought shelter here in Leicester.
I’m sorry you can’t all come to the presentation but, if you’ve not looked at the website recently, you might like to see the finished product and discover what I’ve been up to all year. You'll find it here.