New blog for DEBS project

Welcome to the blog for the DEBS project. We have an official website, where we’ll be publishing research and sharing resources.

This is the DEBS blog, maintained by @nicoleebeale, designed to provide a space for communication with you as our project develops. We will use this space to trial digital resources that we create and to quickly share information from events like workshops.

Beautiful Burial Grounds project

At the launch workshop on the 27th March 2018, Andrea Gilpin gave a presentation to attendees introducing the new Caring for God’s Acre Beautiful Burial Grounds project. The project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and will be working with citizen scientists to map the biodiversity of burial grounds.

We’re very excited that the project is running parallel with Discovering England’s Burial Spaces as there are lots of opportunities for collaboration. You can find out more about the project from Andrea’s presentation which is also full of lovely photographs which really do highlight how beautiful our burial grounds are.

You can find out more about the work of Caring for God’s Acre here:

Launch workshop – tell us more!

If you attended our workshop at The King’s Manor on the 27th March 2018 and you have not yet responded to our survey, you can fill in this handy form!

If you did not attend our workshop but you are involved in a burial space research project and would like to tell us more about your research, please feel free to use the form below:


Launch workshop held at King’s Manor

On the 27th March we were delighted to host the first DEBS workshop at The King’s Manor, University of York.

DEBS team members met with eighteen representatives from the six locally based history and archaeology groups taking part in the DEBS project in order to discuss the programme for the next twelve months. Members of the DEBS Advisory Committee attended the workshop also, including Nick Boldrini from the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers and Andrea Gilpin from Caring for God’s Acre.

So many fascinating conversations were had throughout the afternoon and lots of plans for next steps were made. We carried out several activities together to reflect on current practice and think about future ideas.


We enjoyed excellent presentations from Julian Richards, Andrea Gilpin, and Harold Mytum. Julian talked about the importance of digital archiving and outlined the ways that the Archaeology Data Service is working with DEBS to support digital data management for burial space research. Andrea Gilpin introduced Caring for God’s Acre’s new Heritage Lottery Fund Beautiful Burial Grounds project and talked to attendees about the ways in which the two projects are linked. Harold Mytum gave a packed presentation, outlining the many aspects of burial space research and discussed the potential impact of sharing data from research with the wider community.


If you were not able to come along to the event, here is the introduction that I gave to attendees:

Thanks again from the DEBS team to all attendees to the day.

We look forward to meeting with you all again soon!