We have worked with community groups to design and test new resources that will help people to record burial spaces like churchyards and cemeteries. These resources introduce a new standardised methodology for surveying, meaning that datasets from different surveys will be interoperable and connections can be made between research projects.
We have also created a system for digitally archiving survey results. The Burial Space Research Database will enable groups conducting research into burial spaces to safeguard their research in perpetuity and share findings freely with the general public and other researchers.
To support this work, we have developed a new online form that can be used to add a record of research conducted to the national Online Index for Archaeological Investigations (OASIS). Using OASIS, heritage bodies and organisations that care for burial spaces, such as Historic Environment Record officers, will be able to see when a survey has taken place. This will ensure that findings from community-led research will support scholarship and inform future development.
for your burial space research.
at the University of York.