A lack of knowledge

A lack of knowledge

A lack of knowledge

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DAVID Morgan recently reviewed Rina Tillinger’s book “Tiptoe Through the Tombstones” in which she said she wanted to start an organisation to preserve gravestone inscriptions.

Has she never heard of the Family History Society of Cheshire?

We copied them many years ago and produced microfiches which went all round the world.

Most counties have done similar projects.

I am amazed at her lack of knowledge.

Lyn McCulloch, Comberbach

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1:52pm Thu 14 Aug 14

chatrouge says...

I was concerned by her statement: "Cleaning off centuries of dirt and debris to reveal amazing literature that is crumbling away."

Cleaning stonework needs specialist techniques and any cleaning will affect the stone underneath. Her interventions may well bring about changes in the stone and exposure to the elements which mean that the stone will deteriorate faster. There is also the problem that once she has cleaned a stone, it may well look out of place among its neighbours which have weathered, gained a patina of lichen or even crumbled. They aren't even her own family graves to clean.

The thought of well-meaning amateurs roaming round ancient graveyards seeking out stones and blithely cleaning up their inscriptions is very worrying.
I was concerned by her statement: "Cleaning off centuries of dirt and debris to reveal amazing literature that is crumbling away." Cleaning stonework needs specialist techniques and any cleaning will affect the stone underneath. Her interventions may well bring about changes in the stone and exposure to the elements which mean that the stone will deteriorate faster. There is also the problem that once she has cleaned a stone, it may well look out of place among its neighbours which have weathered, gained a patina of lichen or even crumbled. They aren't even her own family graves to clean. The thought of well-meaning amateurs roaming round ancient graveyards seeking out stones and blithely cleaning up their inscriptions is very worrying. chatrouge
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