Death in Paradise
In this episode we look back at how we remember our ancestors and loved ones in Bath.
We start at the Bath workhouse burial ground where 3000+ people were buried in unmarked graves in a field on the Wellsway near St Martin's Hospital. We hear from Richard White from Bath Spa University who created the Walking the Names project and on that day, Bathscape had organised an event to plant more than 40 trees as one way to memorialise the people buried there.
John Payne tells us about the workhouse and how his great grandparents are buried up there. His leaflet From Workhouse to Hospital is available from Oldfield Park Bookshop and the Museum of Bath at Work. Proceeds go to the Burial Ground Appeal. He has also written a book called A West Country Homecoming - see link below.
Finally in our Expert Eye section, Dr Molly Conisbee, University of Bristol talks about the various ways we have marked death and remembered our loved ones over the centuries.
Produced by Pommy Harmar
- Dr Molly Conisbee, University of Bristol
- From Workhouse to Hospital leaflet by John Payne
- A West Country Homecoming, John Payne, Hobnob Press 2020
- Richard White, Walking the names Project