This week, myself and the other students doing public humanities were finally given a brief for our group project. We are going to be working with the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery to develop their public engagement.
So far, we have no idea what we will be focusing on but there are some great topics we can choose from. From the military connection with Hillsborough Barracks through the freak shows and Native Americans, there is definitely a wide range to choose from. However, in regards to what we want to do to realise the project there are definitely some clear ideas developing. We are all interested in conducting oral history interviews to collect the memories and stories of those who live around the cemetery. I’m also considering how I could turn the stories we collect into a story map in order to provide digital engagement for those who can’t physically visit the cemetery.
Overall, so far it looks like it should be a really exciting project. Admittedly I do enjoy visiting cemeteries so a chance to explore the history of one is fantastic. I’m visiting the cemetery today so we will see what that inspires as well.