For the past year, Ruth Penfold-Mounce and I have been working on the development of the York Death & Culture Walk. Our intention was to create a walking tour of the city of York which allowed both students and the public an opportunity to consider the histories of death, dying and disposal in the city, and question how we engage in death practices in the modern day. Though, we’ve described it better on the excerpt from the website below:
The York Death & Culture Walk (DaCWalk) is an interdisciplinary research project and pedagogical tool developed by DaCNet. The intention of this walk is to inspire the imagination, provoke conversation and provide insight and knowledge into death as a cultural matter which affects everyone in some form. Death matters, matter. Death is everywhere and ever-present and no-where more so than in the ancient and beautiful walled city of York. In walking the streets of York and listening to the podcasts on death issues the DaCWalk seeks to introduce participants in sensory and corporeal ways to people, landmarks and takes that define the city’s history and long-standing relationship with death and death-practices.
We had an amazing opportunity to work with the University of York’s events team to put together an exhibition and film to launch the walk. Those who attended had the opportunity to consider mortality, watch our 360-degree cinematic experience, and even eat authentic funeral biscuits (moulded using a 3D printed model of an artefact from the York Castle Museum) and made to an original recipe.
You can find out more about the walk and the accompanying audio tour on the project’s website. There’s even chance to see the exhibition until 20 March 2019 at the University (though I’m sorry to say, there are no biscuits left).