Whilst I was listening to the radio last week a person being interviewed was talking about being a taphologist (correct me if I am wrong here). This being a person who studies graves and how they have changed over time. He came up with an interesting phrase that graveyards were ‘libraries of the dead’. Specifically, he was talking about how graveyards tell stories about the people within them.
Now, I did (and slowly continue to do) a project on remembrance. My aim was not to be a taphologist, but to document how people seek to remember those who have died in the recent times. How people remember those who have passed away is quite fascinating, if a little morbid. Today, during my lunch break I went for a walk in Southampton’s Old Cemetery to look at one of these ‘libraries of the dead’.