The National Burial Ground Survey project was announced by the Church of England in September 2021 and aims to survey and map all churchyards in England and provide a digital online map free to all parishes through the Church Heritage Record.
The project is to be delivered in partnership with AG Intl Ltd (formerly Atlantic Geomatics) and churches in the Diocese of Ely are invited to participate
Three virtual Information Webinars to launch this project are being held Thursday 30th March at 10am, 2pm and 7pm.
Each identical event will last approximately 1 hour and will provide you the opportunity to meet representatives from the AG team, learn about the processes involved in the project and to ask any questions you may have. Spaces are limited and so we recommend a maximum of two attendees per church.
To register for any of these events please use the following links:
- Thursday 30th March 2023 at 10am – Register here
- Thursday 30th March 2023 at 2pm – Register here
- Thursday 30th March 2023 at 7pm – Register here
To enable the project to begin for your church(es) AG Intl have asked to share the following information:
- Consent from each PCC is required in relation to all elements of the project – the external survey, the internal survey, photography of all visible memorials and the scanning (digitizing) of the parish registers;
- For any closed churches, consent for the registers is required from the incumbent parish in which the closed church is situated;
- The survey, photography, register scanning, record transcribing and connection to the Church Heritage Record are all free. Tools will also be provided to record future updates, memorial inscriptions and biodiversity; and link burials to unmarked locations (where there is no memorial);
- The PCC does not need to formally discuss the project at a meeting. Consent can be obtained by email consensus;
- One consent form is required for each church. If a person is the primary contact for more than one church, please complete separate forms
- Each PCC needs to give its consent by completing the form here, ideally by the end of April, however the form will remain open for those who are unable to do so by then.
- You can read more about the Church of England National Burial Grounds Survey by downloading the PDF here.