Secrets in the stone – gravestone symbolism in the cemetery

    Secrets in the stone – gravestone symbolism in the cemetery

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    • Secrets in the stone
      August 4, 2021
      6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    A lost language

    Gravestones of the 19th and 20th century were highly decorated and meaningful and people then knew what this symbols meant.  Now people are more literate, this language is lost.  Does an anchor always mean a sailor?  What is the language of flowers?  How does a gravestone have style? Join Janine the Cemetery Public Engagement Manager  as she explore the secrets messages that the gravestones tell us through their symbols and symbolism. Janine will use just memorials from Arnos Vale to reveal this language and help you read a burial ground better.  She will share some special and unique symbols only found in the cemetery, but also some that you can spot in all sorts of burial grounds in the UK.  It will be an online A-Z of beautiful art and wonderful stories for all to enjoy.

    About our speaker

    Janine Marriott is the Public Engagement Manager at Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, UK. Her role involves encouraging visitors into

    the cemetery and providing opportunities to engage with the place, the stories held there and the historic landscape.  She began her career in teaching, moved on to museum education and has worked in a range of museums and heritage sites. Janine is now

    undertaking a part-time Doctorate in Heritage at the University of Hertfordshire, exploring public engagement in historic 19th century cemeteries.

    About Arnos Vale Cemetery

    Arnos Vale is a registered charity, receiving no regular council or government funding. Now, more than ever, we are relying on your support. Please help by donating here. Thank you.

    Practical detail

    This talk will be held on Zoom. Once you have registered, a link to the event will be emailed to you, and a reminder link will also be sent 24 hours before. Please contact if you have any issues.

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