Death in the Churchyard: Skeletons, skulls and bones on slate tombstones
Death in the Churchyard explores the ways in which the makers of tombstones, from the late 17th century to the early 19th century, depicted the many faces of Death, particularly using what is commonly known as Swithland slate, in the Midlands, UK. This includes literal depictions such as carvings showing the dying and the dead, as well as metaphorical representations including common mortality symbols, skulls and bones and animated skeletons. Covering aspects of churchyard history and tombstone carving, it discusses makers’ sources and motivations. Join us for an in-depth look at this imagery and how it has been inventively, artistically and skillfully depicted in slate…to dramatically macabre effect.
Elizabeth Blood is a historian of monuments and commemoration. An enthusiast for Swithland slate and for the study of church and chapelyard monuments, she is currently conducting research focused on the Midlands. Her doctoral research pertains to local war memorials and their preservation, and she is currently a Research Associate at the University of Leicester, working on its institutional history and heritage.
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Image Credits: Elizabeth Blood