The project was born from an online discussion between a small number of family historians who until recently had never met but who chatted regularly and helped each other with their particular family history problems and challenges on a family history forum website. The group, who met for the first time on the inaugural Groundwork Day on 17 October 2010, were drawn together by our passion for family history, our love of Manchester and Lancashire and our desire to save and preserve historical data.
We don't have any financial support but we do have the full backing of Manchester City Council and their Bereavement Services Team for which we are very appreciative. Their guidance and advice has been invaluable. All the volunteers work with their own equipment - trowels, brushes, cameras, computers etc., and provide their own transport. The project management team provide the group with pre-printed forms, pens and clipboards.
New volunteers are always welcomed at our Groundwork Days (when we meet at the Cemetery to photograph and record) which are usually on a Sunday morning for 2-3 hours. Previous experience isn't necessary as full instructions will be provided and we work in groups so new volunteers will be placed with a more experienced team member. All we ask is for a time commitment and an enthusiastic approach. The team can be contacted via the website contact page.