Imogen Gerard and Kelsie Root are our student interns working with the Leeds General Cemetery Collections over the summer of 2017. This cemetery is the green space on University campus now known as St George’s Field.
Special Collections in the Brotherton Library holds the cemetery’s Burial Registers, which provide a detailed record of interments at the site between 1835 and 1969. The registers have been recently digitised in an interactive index. This can be searched online, making the index a useful tool for researchers and family historians.
Imogen and Kelsie will be researching and collecting information to shed more light on this fascinating collection. They will be approaching the cemetery’s records from a variety of disciplines including statistical analysis, medical history and genealogy. As a result they hope to produce reports, a glossary of medical terms and some written accounts of the stories of individuals buried in St George’s Field.
Over the summer they will write a series of blog posts providing updates on the project and its findings, and they can be found here