England Heritage graveyard survey project

Developing Local Assessment Toolkits

This is a scoping study to look at developing a standard model for recording cemeteries and burial grounds

Cemeteries, churchyards, burial grounds, monuments, memorials and conservation are all integral to the work of English Heritage. This project consists of an initial scoping study of existing recording programmes to:

  • assess their current status and operation
  • maximise the conservation benefit to be gained from existing records
  • inform English Heritage in national decision-making.

The project also provides advice and recommendations on the development of a Heritage Lottery Fund digital project bid for a national toolkit and web-based database for volunteers.

This will provide a framework to encourage, enthuse, and enable local communities to contribute to asset-recording fieldwork by objectively recording the current state of burial monuments and sites (and components including gates, walls, vegetation) at an appropriate and realistic level, with the data housed in a stable and accessible manner.


Our goal is to objectively capture the current state of monuments and cemeteries at an appropriate and realistic level of recording individual objects.


If you would like to let our Project Team know of ongoing graveyard recording projects, or recordings recently completed throughout the British Isles or Ireland, please contact Harold Mytum.