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Conservation and Management: Caring for Historic Graveyards and Gravestones

The following sections outline the key issues to consider when undertaking conservation and maintenance work within historic graveyards. The main source book on this subject is Historic Scotland's Practitioners' Guide to the Conservation of Historic Graveyards.

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Conservation strategy

Prepare appropriate documentation for the graveyard. This includes making a record of each graveyard feature, monument or memorial, preparing conservation and management plans, and identifying any gravestones at risk. Several examples of completed conservation plans are available online. Background reading for preparing conservation plans can be found in Historic Scotland's free booklet Conservation Plans and The Guidelines for Cemetery Conservation prepared by the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Points to consider include:

Page last updated August 2006