Preserving the past, embracing the future
The maintenance of burial records has, for centuries been confined to written registers and books, together with hand-drawn maps and plans. Within these unique documents hides a wealth of culture, history and funerary art. The value of this, our heritage, cannot be underestimated, but exactly where are these wonderful artefacts and how can we find them?
Technology enables us to research our past with greater ease than ever before. With navigational tools in our cars and on our phones we are able to find our way from A to B with relative ease.
What if we take this technology a stage further? What if we use it to create and deliver cultural and educational routes to and through our cemeteries?
INTRODUCING THE BURIAL GROUND MANAGEMENT PROJECT
...an interactive, up-to-date, web-based, map which uses the latest technologies to hold and protect your records.
By gathering experiences and knowledge from cemetery managers we have created a solution which facilitates complete burial ground management, protects the heritage this information contains and brings to life the potential it has to offer.
The Burial Ground Management System (BGMS) provides an accurate, interactive map showing not just the location of graves, memorials and art but also trees, ecology, paths and buildings, and offers a whole range of other uses that add value to any cemetery or burial ground.
This comprehensive and innovative solution is:
- Easy to use
- View record details
- Add new records
- Upload memorial images
- Search for a person
- View and manage reserved and available plots
- Measure lengths and areas
- Export and analyse reports and data. For example, the number of burials between 2005 and 2010.
- Generate an individual Burial Record fact sheet showing person information, memorial image, burial register extract and location map.
- Allows users to draw on information contained in historical records for community, heritage and cultural projects
- Is a potential source of revenue
- Hosts all your maps and records in one secure online location, eliminating the risk of loss or damage through theft, fire or flood
- Has a user-friendly database which is easy to access, search, update and manage, reducing the time taken to locate graves, reservations and vacant spaces
- Assists with the forward planning of burial ground management, such as reserving of plots, health and safety, memorial inspections and planned maintenance of grassed areas and pathways
- Can be easily enhanced with memorial inscriptions, eulogies or anything else users may find helpful or interesting
- Maps and records the biodiversity of a burial ground to help with conservation management and tree preservation. For example, recording tree species
- Provides an audit of existing records and highlights gaps in data which can form the basis of further research and requests for information
- Is safe, secure and easy to access
- Will integrate with other systems
- Preserves and protects our heritage for the future.
Using BGMS to navigate around cemeteries also helps more people to connect and engage with these important places, and answers questions around:
- History: who is where and what is the pattern of burials over time?
- Art & Culture: where is a specific funerary artefact or specific graves?
- Biodiversity: what trees are where and how has the cemetery evolved?
BGMS is currently a private database open only to those with permitted access, but in due course there will be a publically accessible website, allowing users to search for burial records from anywhere in the world. This will become the go to online resource and will allow burial ground managers to utilise the information contained in their records for cultural projects, to attract visitors and generate income.
Setting up the Burial Ground Management Project involves a four-stage process for each site:
- Creating an accurate map of the burial ground using state-of-the-art technology
- Scanning and transcribing the burial registers
- Photographing every visable headstone, plaque and memorial
- Linking registers, maps and photographs together on the system
The BGMS team at Atlantic Geomatics then provide ongoing support to clients with the help of an online user guide and video tutorials
*High resolution aerial photography is also available as an option.
Our clients include The Church of England, The Church in Wales, Local Authorities, Natural England, Historic England, and more.
Atlantic Geomatics is a member of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management(ICCM) and a registered Quality Assured company, accredited under ISO9001:2008. We are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and are full members of The Survey Association. As such we comply with their comprehensive insurance requirements.
If you have any questions, would like to view our demonstration site, want to give us your feedback or just want a chat about what we're proposing, do please get in touch via the following:
Enterprise House, Gillan Way
Penrith, Cumbria, UK
t. +44 (0) 17684 83310