Views sought over ‘Baby Public Plot’ in Belfast cemetery

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Public views are being sought on how best to mark a plot in Belfast’s City Cemetery.

The move follows requests to Belfast City Council for a permanent memorial in the area known as the ‘Baby Public Plot’.

A consultation will focus on the site where the remains of up to 8,000 bodies are buried. Many of these bodies are stillborn babies or those who died shortly after birth.

It will be carried out in conjunction with the Community Arts Partnership (CAP).

Its aim is to encourage those most directly affected by the issue, as well as the wider public, to come forward with ideas of what form a memorial might take.

Workshops will be held in February next year as part of the consultation. Those interested in the project are also being asked to lay flowers at a designated area within the cemetery between December 11 and December 13.

Artist Carol Kane, who is a project co-ordinator for CAP, will facilitate the public consultation. She said: “Belfast City Council has records for all who are buried in the ‘Baby Plot’ but because of circumstances in many cases burial was taken care of by hospital or social services, not the families involved.

“As a result, there are unfortunately no visible headstones or memorials to serve as a touchstone for family remembrance,” added Carol. “I hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to have their say.”

More information about the project and how to register for the workshops is available on  or by contacting Carol Kane at or telephoning 028 9092 3493.

Those interested in the workshops are asked to register by January 15, 2016.


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