THE  DOVER WAR MEMORIAL  PROJECT

 

war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

 

Dover Remembers

GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION FOR VOLUNTEERS "IN THE FIELD"

We are so grateful to you, the volunteers, for giving up a little of your time to ensure that our Dovorians are remembered, and that their graves or memorials are visited. Here is the information - it's really mainly commonsense - so that so that your visit, and those of others, may be enjoyable, and so that those who visit this website will enjoy your work too.

forget Me Nots visiting Brandhoek, by Brian DixonFor yourself:

Always think first of your own safety. Don't visit graveyards in sensitive areas, and don't visit graveyards alone or at unusual times. Ensure that you are always aware of your surroundings, and that your car and/or a swift way of exit is nearby, and that at all times someone knows where you are.

On land that belongs to others, make sure you have permission to be there; if you wish to care for a grave, make sure you have the permission to do that from the plot owners and/or family. 

Don't take risks in inclement weather (yes, a hot sunny day counts as "inclement" too) or where the ground surface may be dangerous - and watch out for that wet grass! It's surprisingly slippery! Make sure you know how to get help, if need be, and it might be a good idea to have a mobile 'phone with you too for emergencies (though remember that in some areas reception isn't good).

We have to say a couple of other things too. If you send in pictures we will always credit you for your work (unless you request otherwise), and it's assumed you give us volunteers here at the Project copyright permission to use, crop and standardise, and duplicate them for our purposes. That doesn't mean you can't use them elsewhere - of course you can, because they're yours! If you feature as a major component a living person or living people, please make sure you have permission to do so, and to pass the photos on. If you pass on information, which so very many people kindly do, we may edit and rewrite, to fit it into the relevant place in an appropriate way. But be assured we treat everything with the utmost respect, and if we do make a mistake, then please tell us, and we'll put it right as soon as we can.

Please remember too that, like all of us who contribute to the Project, you are a volunteer. The Dover War Memorial Project has no employees, and no one works on behalf of or for the Project, and nor should you claim this. The Project can accept no liability for loss, damage, or injury, however it occurs. Everyone who participates and helps remember those we so sadly lost does so out of respect and as a personal pastime at her or his own risk. Nevertheless, although we're certain it doesn't need saying, please always be polite to anyone to whom you may speak. Should any problems arise don't argue; simply pack up and leave at once. Remember the adage Maggie's old boss used to quote, "If in doubt, leave it out!". Don't get involved - but do, please, let us know what happened.

For your photographs:

If you are photographing a gravestone, please crouch down (or, more comfortably, use a kneeler) so that your camera lens is level with the horizontal and vertical centre of the stone. If you take pictures from a standing height, inscriptions don't come out so well and the gravestone found the grave, photo by Brian Dixonappears oddly foreshortened. If you are taking a picture of an inscription on a memorial, please get as close as possible (though obviously this might not be practical!) and try to include the name either side of the name you are photographing, so that there is a context for the inscription.

If there is a secondary inscription at the bottom of a gravestone (there often is) please also try to include it in your shot. Sometimes plants may obscure these inscriptions. If it is possible to move the plant gently aside without damaging it, so that you may take your photo, please do so. If not, then please write down the inscription, and let us know what it says when you send in your photos. Please be very careful not to damage the plants.  Inscriptions can sometimes be difficult to read; if you are in any doubt, please write down the full inscription too. Sometimes spraying with water (only water!) can help highlight an inscription for photography.

Very popular are the wider shots of cemeteries or memorials too, so that the grave or name may be located in the wider scene. People enjoy too visiting the cemetery plans on the CWGC website, and seeing exactly where their loved one's grave is located. Pictures of the scene help very much with this. Please, then, when you have taken your photograph of the grave or name on the memorial, also take a bigger picture of the scene including the grave or portion of the memorial where the loved one is remembered.

Examples are on the previous page

And finally:

We hope you enjoy yourself as you remember those we lost.  Remember, you are doing a worthwhile job, which means much to many. You are also helping to keep alive the memory of those who gave everything for us.  Thank you. 

Dover Remembers

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