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Conservation Management Planning at THCP – Invitation to Tender

We are thrilled to announce that we are now accepting tenders from heritage and architectural professionals for an exciting new project.

The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park are in the process of creating a Conservation Management Plan to help us better understand and conserve our history, the biodiversity of our site and the things our community love best about Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. The Conservation Management Plan has kindly been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will involve input from our community, our stakeholders and from heritage and biodiversity professionals.

A Conservation Management Plan is a document that will help us:

  • Describe our heritage
  • Understand why the Cemetery Park matters and to whom
  • Understand what is happening to our heritage and what needs preserving
  • Understand what the key issues are that will affect the Cemetery Park
  • Plan conservation and restoration works for the future
  • Improve public access
  • Plan activities that engage the whole community

The Conservation Management Plan will help Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park plan for our future. Understanding what needs to be done, why it needs to be done and who will do the work is vital. This knowledge will help us to then create a maintenance plan to care for the Cemetery Park to guide us on what needs doing on a day to day basis. From who cuts the grass and plants the spring daffodils, to when the health and safety checks need completing and how we conduct cleaning and repairs on our vast array of headstones and monuments.

We are looking to work with a consultant who can help us with all stages of the plan from historical research and surveys of the site to community workshops and training sessions for our volunteers.

To find out more about the Conservation Management Plan, or to express an interest in tendering to work with us, please contact our Heritage Officer, Claire, on claire.slack@fothcp.org. You can also find copies of our invitation to tender and our project brief below.

12-11-2020 Brief for Conservation, Management and Maintenance Plan for Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Invitation_to_tender CMP Nov 2020

2020-11-23T13:36:17+00:00November 13th, 2020|

Remembrance Sunday 2020

This year we were unable to have our usual ceremony for Remembrance Sunday due to the second Coronavirus lockdown. We realise this was disappointing to those of you who usually attend but the safety of our community was our highest priority at this difficult time.

Whilst we were not able to welcome the normal crowds, it did not mean that we were unable to remember those who gave their lives to secure and protect our freedom. Many local people visited our memorials and paid their respects and laid a poppy or a wreath in solitary acts of remembrance. The staff from Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park also laid wreaths at our war memorials as well as in the area of the Cemetery Park where many soldiers killed in action were buried.

We were thrilled that the Venerable Roger Preece was able to record a video for us this year in place of our usual, in person ceremony. The Venerable Roger Preece is a Master of the Royal Foundation of St Katharine, a retreat house and community cafe charity in East London. You can watch his video below or on our YouTube channel here.

We would welcome anyone who wished to lay a wreath or a poppy on our memorials on Armistice Day this coming Wednesday. We hope that we are able to resume our usual ceremony in 2021.

2020-11-10T11:57:58+00:00November 10th, 2020|

Heritage Update October 2020

A row of graves at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

Hello from the heritage team here at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park! It’s beenĀ a while since we’ve posted an update and lots has happened since our Remembrance Day blog in 2019.

It’s been a challenging year for the team. The pandemic has meant a lot of unknowns for the Cemetery Park but we’ve survived! We have lots of exciting things in store over the coming months as Cemetery Park Online and heritage volunteering resume and work on our new heritage book (details tba but please get in touch if you’d like to get involved) continues.

Cemetery Park Online has been a great success. We began the talks way back in March and included everything from gravestone symbolism and London bats to growing in small spaces and policing in the park. You can find some of our talks on Youtube here. The next heritage related Cemetery Park Online will be with MA Folklore graduate Jaymie Tapsell on East End Customs and Traditions. You can book your free ticket to their talk here.

In September we welcomed our new Heritage Officer, Claire, to the team. Claire will be spending the coming year or two developing a

An angel on a headstone at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

conservation management plan for the site (thanks to some funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund) and planning new activities to get our community more involved in the heritage of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. We hope this plan will help us to better understand our history and give us some ideas for what our future will look like as well as making the Cemetery Park more engaging and more accessible. There will be lots of opportunities to get involved over the coming months but please feel free to email Claire on claire.slack@fothcp.org for more information or to lend a hand!

Finally, our Remembrance Day ceremony this year will be virtual due to Covid restrictions. More information will be announced as soon as it is available. Keep an eye on our social media pages over the coming weeks!

 

2020-10-19T15:34:47+01:00October 19th, 2020|