The Gravestone Project is a collaborative digital humanities undertaking that seeks to collect and explore images, transcriptions, and other data related to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century graveyard cultures, with an eye to the data that might be of special interest to scholars, teachers, authors, and artists.

Our long-term goals include:

  • Collecting images of cemeteries, gravestones, and burial sites in the United Kingdom, the United States, and former British colonies that date to 1900 or earlier
  • Gathering a searchable visual and text archive of epitaphs from before 1900
  • Gathering a visual archiveĀ of gravestone iconography and engraving from before 1900
  • Collecting images of gravestones and memorials related to notable figures
  • Researching the literary significance of specific gravestones, graveyards, and epitaphs

We hope that this data will enrich scholarship and classrooms at all levels.

All information and images on this site were gathered personally (and sometimes collectively) by TGP collaborators and affiliates. If you are interested in contributing images or transcriptions, please contact us.

We encourage educators to make use of the contents of this site in the classroom, and for scholars and writers to freely use the site for research, teaching, and artistic purposes. Should you wish to use a photograph on this site in any published work, please contact us and also be aware thatĀ some of the locations included on this website prohibit photography for any purposes except personal ones.

Emily B. Stanback and Polly Rowena Atkin