Walking the Names

Be the first to favourite this. Wellsway, Bath, UK

Event details

2020-10-04 09:00
09:00 UTC
FREE

Bath Union Workhouse Burial Ground, a field just off the Wellsway, Bath.

A burial ground that does not exist on a current map. Here over 3100 bodies lie in unmarked graves, the last remains of those who died of poverty in the Bath workhouse between 1858 and 1899.

Walking and reading the names of those buried there to the tolling of the Workhouse Bell. The first time their names have been spoken in that place since their burial. Each name, day by day, week by week and year by year of their burial.

In the low winter sun you can make out the mounds and depressions of the burials.
A makeshift memorial comes and goes in a place that once may have had something more permanent.
Visitors add flowers occasionally. We add to them.

We meet every first Sunday of the month.

As Covid-19 closed us down to isolation and social distancing, Walking the Names went online. An informal trawl of those who had joined the first few monthly walks resulted in nearly twenty walkers interested in taking part on line. Each walker was issued with a set of names from the Register of Burials at the Bath Union Workhouse burial ground. We read in our moment of exercise some on the site some elsewhere. Recorded readings were assembled to short videos and soundscapes available on the walknow website page listed below.

Our first virtual Walking the Names on Sunday April 5th was the day in which the government announced 708 dead from the virus. In May as the UK deathtoll from the virus officially reached 30000 the project continued. The June walks took place as the death toll exceeded 40,000. Many of the deaths were in carehomes, the modern homes of the old and the vulnerable, many of the deaths are of careworkers. There are resonances with those who died of poverty in the Victorian Workhouse and we reflect on contemporary responsibilities. Every names was a life. Every death a local tragedy. Walking and reading the names, recorded or not, breathes a momentary presence to that life.

Richard White

Richard White

Freelance walking and multimedia artist/researcher Richard White devises, curates and hosts walks involving listening, sensing, making and asking questions. His participatory performative practice, Walknow, explores accountability and seeks to develop res...

Near Wellsway, Bath, UK

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Also check out

walk · listen · café
New
Gender and the city – what is a feminist city anyway?

2021-10-12 18:00

Online

An interest sparked by her academic research, Sarah Parry hopes to engage you in conversation about what a feminist city may be, what this means for those using it, and how may one be created?

walk · listen · café
New
Tales from the Big Trails – walking the UK National Trails

2021-10-19 18:00

Online

Martyn Howe talks with Andrew Stuck about his 40-year journey to walk all the National Trails in England, Scotland and Wales and the poetry, art and people he met along the way. 

Walking Event SWS20
Walking the Names

2020-09-06 09:00

Bath, UK

Walking Event
Sara’s Last Steps (Postponed due to Covid-19)

Richard White and Lorna Brunstein

2020-05-17 00:00

Windermere, UK. (further details on registration)

Post
Remembering the dead

2 Nov, 2020

Richard White talks about his work 'Walking the Names, highlighting the deaths of thousands who died in poverty in the Bath Union Workhouse, between 1858 and 1899.

Walking Piece
New
SWS21
Bath Union Workhouse: a walk for the living with the route of the dead

Bath, UK

Walking Event
New
SWS21
Online Resilience Walk

Anise Bullimore | Resilience Coach

2021-09-24 07:00

Online

Walking Event
New
Choose Your Own (Sonic) Adventure

Vancouver New Music

2021-10-03 23:00

FREE

350 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Walking Event
New
SWS21
Sound walking at the International Analogio Festival

21 - 28 Sep, 2021

FREE

Online

Walking Piece
Lacock Unlocked

Richard White

Lacock, Chippenham, UK

Walking Piece
Carnival Trail Companion

Richard White, Ali Pretty, & Adam Jansch

Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Walking Piece
White Horse walks

Richard White

Westbury, UK