This work explores the unique environment and history of Temple Hill Burial Ground through text, colour photography and sound recording. It features essays and related articles by Seán McCrum. These include an interview with Christopher Nuzum who has worked on revitalising the burial ground for over many years. Doreen Kennedy, photographer, has contributed a series of atmospheric images, reproduced here in full colour.
Artist Anthony Kelly visited the burial ground over a three year period exploring its rich sensory environment through sound recording. There are two CDs which are part of the publication. The first features a detailed conversation between Christopher Nuzum and Seán McCrum. The second CD features a composition interweaving voices (including stonemason Michael Roe and Christopher Nuzum) with an evocative series of nature recordings made by Anthony Kelly over a three year period in Temple Hill. This project has been made possible by grants from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office and Quaker Historical Library, for which the artists are grateful.
Temple Hill Burial Ground is in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Many local people know where it is, but very few know anything about it – whose burial ground it is, its history or its appearance. Many people are very curious to know more – hence this publication. This is a Quaker burial ground, which has been used since the mid-nineteenth century. It has been continuously landscaped. There are many mature trees. It is a safe place for wildlife. It is a peaceable place to visit. We hope that this publication gives you a sense of the place. If you are able, you can visit it during Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s annual Summer Heritage Festival.
Temple Hill CD 1
This CD features a conversation between Christopher Nuzum and Sean McCrum about the burial ground. They talk about it's history and some of the well known people interred there, the work involved in maintaining the grounds and the different trees that can be found in the grounds. There are many nature sounds to be heard during the conversation. Anthony Kelly recorded and edited the piece. It was mastered by David Stalling.
Total Duration: 44’00”
Temple Hill CD 2
Temple Hill Burial Ground Sound Diary
Sound recordings through the seasons (2016 - 2018) by Anthony Kelly
These field recordings were made during frequent visits to the burial ground throughout the seasons over a three year period. There is also a short conversation with Michael Roe, the stonemason who carves the names and dates on the stones. The CD was mastered by David Stalling. All recordings edited and sequenced by Anthony Kelly
Total Duration: 48’27”
Anthony Kelly & Seán McCrum — Temple Hill Burial Ground
First Edition of 300 copies
Full colour 44 page book with essays by Sean McCrum & Anthony Kelly and photography by Doreen Kennedy. There are two CD's of field recordings and conversations by Anthony Kelly mounted into the inside covers of the book.
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