The cemeteryscapes archives

For the past two years I have edited and compiled the cemteryscapes blog together with many contributors who kindly sent us their pictures, links and articles. The blog started as a community project during the last year of my PhD and then gained a modest, but loyal community of readers across the world. We featured cemeteryscapes from many countries and material culture from Africa, the United States, Skandinavia, Southern Europe and the UK – everything from coffin exhibitions to boneywards, from conservation to natural burial practices. Now the blog has been turned into an archive which will continue to be available online and as a PDF and I hope that it will continue to be interesting and relevant to the active community of cemetery researchers which I have had the pleasure to be a part of.

October 2011

Icognito, Paris

I started the month in France and this month’s picture is a snapshot from the trip – a very small gallery which really makes the most of the space it occupies. 
I have also had the pleasure to attend FOTE11 last week (see the FOTE11 blog for more info) and came away with a lot of interesting things to think about. I’ll also be at the AoC/ALT conference, ‘ Management Strategies to Improve the use of Learning Technologies‘ in London this week, which I am really looking forward to. 
On my personal blog I have started posting some pictures of the architecture/places which I visited, so you can have a look at a brick book house amongst other things.

September 2011

Leeds University sunrise
Having just returned from ALT’s annual conference, it’s now time for my usual monthly update. I really enjoyed the conference this year and there is a lot to read, discover, listen to and watch online for those of you who’d like to find out more. Hoping to see everyone again and many new faces next year in Manchester at ALT-C 2012
For now though autumn has come and with it lots of interesting other things to be getting on with. For one we will be turning the last few years’ worth of posts on cemeteryscapes into an online publication to capture the great contributions from everyone and to make the information contained in the blog more widely accessible. If you have anything you’d like to include, it’s not too late to contribute. Also, on my personal blog the vegetable and garden season is nearly over, so that I’ll be able to post more about all the other things I’m interested in (although it’s still worth having a look at a picture I took recently which seemed to signal a friendly end to the season). Also, with the new term starting it’s time to buy new pens and scarves and get ready for Michaelmas.

CiviCon 2011 – London

I had the pleasure of attending CiviCon 2011 in London today. Lots of good discussion and sessions with developers, implementers, users and end-users, all of whom were intent on making things happen. My highlights of the events were:

  • Things to look forward to: WordPress integration
  • Something to get involved with: community support
  • Creative solutions to working with CiviCRM: CiviBot/Miss MoneyPenny from Tech for the People

Thanks for everyone for making this such an interesting and fun day in the Tetris Room!
For further info see the CiviCon website.

August 2011

Heritage tomato
This monthly update comes late as I have been rather busy during the first half of this month. However, on my personal blog you can have a look at some cookie-experiments which I have been undertaking. I have also included a picture a heritage tomato, which is the most exciting thing currently growing in my garden. I have also had the great pleasure of seeing Nigel Kennedy playing at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, which was wonderful. Thousands of people silently concentrating on a Bach violin solo was an awe-inspiring experience and gave me a lot to think about. Finally, I have been catching up on some reading and read Player One by Douglas Coupland.

Updated website

Welcome to an updated version of my website at . Over the next week I will add more content and fix the URL re-direct, but if you experience any problems, please contact me and let me know. 
Many thanks, Maren

June 2011

A new version of the ALT online newsletter to the implementation of which I contributed has launched at . On my own blog you can read about my garden, a recent trip to Flatland and see apostcard from Sheffield. Cemeteryscapes is taking a summer break this year but the archive or posts is of course available throughout the summer as well.

In the meantime, I will be concentrating on my work at ALT and in learning technology more generally and I look forward to seeing some of you at ALT-C 2011 in September. Finally, for those of you who have a preference for old-fashioned footwear, I am delighted to share my recent discovery that Superga trainers are now available online in the UK directly as well, which means that you can now own canvas trainers in any colour you heart desires. 
Picture of the month: a childhood racing champion from a long-eaten Happy Meal…

May 2011

News this month: The new ALT website to which I have contributed has recently launched at and also has some information about me as a member of staff. 
There is also much news on my blog, including an update on my first cucumber plant and various afternoons spend in the garden moving small plants from one pot to another – all of which are signs that the first harvesting of this year’s crop is coming ever closer. 
I have also taken the plunge and am now working on completing my CMALT portfolio, which should help to bring my skills and experience in learning technology into focus. 
The cemeteryscapes blog meanwhile has had some really interesting guest contributions recently, including one on boneyards and homes made from old ships. 

April 2011

Already a quarter of the year is over and the tax year is coming to an end as well, which means it’s time of year end procedures and looking forward. Planning dinner 4-6 months ahead may seem a little excessive, but when you are growing all the non-animal part of your meal, it’s never to soon to start.
Cemeteryscapes is currently running a series of posts on objects and cemeteryscapes, starting with boneyards in the US. If you are interested in the burial, recycling or decay of objects, particularly large ones, this is a good time to send us your contribution. 
My personal blog is also getting ready for the greener time of the year and you can follow my experiments with new plants this year, particularly my first cucumber plants. At the start of March I also celebrated 25 years in education, which not only points to a relief that formal education is for now a thing to be enjoyed by others, but also to the way in which learning never stops.